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Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment: Art, Science, and Spirituality (Toronto Italian Studies) Hardcover – January 29, 2016
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‘Accompanied by a wonderful set of colour plates, this book remarkably succeeds in its attempt to read the ambiguities and nuances of the "Catholic Enlightenment" through the figure of Benedict XIV. Historians of science will find an abundance of materials to work on the relationships between Catholicism and the science on a global scale in the early modern period.’(Paolo Savoia Metascience 24 October 2016)
“Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment is a superb collection of essays. The Benedict XIV that emerges from its pages is a nuanced and fascinating figure of the Catholic enlightenment, a man who was both idealistic and pragmatic, rigorously logical yet at times contradictory in his views on the world around him and the Church’s role in it.”(Catherine Sama, Professor of Italian, University of Rhode Island)
“Collectively, these wonderful essays frame the outline of a new, more humanized portrait of an early modern pope whose career, actions, personality, and values deserve still more study.”(William V. Hudon, Professor of History, Bloomsburg University)