Tthe revered Italian saint led a missionary life of one whom Pope Pius II
called "a second Paul" because many listened to him and were convinced of his teachings and sermons in the same way during the time of St.
"I announce to you a victory over the Turk," he triumphantly informed his godfather, Pope Pius II
. "He draws yearly from the Christians above three hundred thousand gold pieces for the alum with which we dye our wool....I have, however, found seven hills so stocked with alum as to be nigh sufficient for seven worlds.
Commentaries by Pope Pius II
(1405-64) is the only autobiography a pope has written, says Meserve, and is in elegant humanistic Latin modeled on Caesar and Cicero.
Pope Pius II
praised him in his eulogy as "a brilliant theologian and popular preacher." To top this off, Antoninus, this prochoice archbishop and theologian, was formally canonized a saint in 1523.
Paul's predecessor Pius II
had already excommunicated Malatesta and condemned him in perpetuity to hell's fires in a strange bull accusing him of heinous crimes ranging from murder and wanton lust to atheism.
The Commentaries of Pope Pius II
(1458-1464) and the Crisis of the Fifteenth-Century Papacy.
First, and discussed in Chapter 1, was Pope Pius II
Piccolimini, himself a humanist writer and poet.
The contributors examine the crusade of 1442 and of 1443 in the Balkans, the Venetian-Ottoman peace of 1479, the commentary of Jacques Ammannati in 1469, crusading under Popes Nicholas V and Pius II
, activities of Greek and Roman theology, Moree at the end of the fifteenth century, the capture of the Bosnian kingdom, cultural transfer in the Italian Renaissance, Bonfini on Dalmatia, some families of Dragomans, the crusade of Amadeus VI, the sources of Monaci, ship owners in Ragusa, the Hungarian-Ottoman truce of 1468, Sigismund of Luxembourg and the Patriarchate of Aquileia, Malta, and strange things that happened at the time of the Council of Florence.
So sudden and encompassing was the architectural imprint left upon the Tuscan community by its illustrious native son, Pope Pius II
Piccolomini, that it might well have seemed--even to a visitor in 1464--as if the medieval past of the entire town had been eradicated and replaced by urban concepts and buildings created in accordance with the principals of the new architectural style of the Renaissance.
Paul's predecessor Pius II
died in Ancona vainly awaiting the crusading fleet and army that would hurl the infidel back.
Meserve draws on her intimate acquaintance with the works of Pius II
, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, whose Commentaries she has translated for the I Tatti Renaissance Library, while also reflecting on Pius's sustained interest in converting the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II and organizing a crusade to retake Constantinople for Christendom.