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The City Of Grace. Academics At The Corte Di Roma 1598–1612

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This chapter gradually abandons Realpolitik and turns to real politics. It first presents academics as experts of Micropolitics at the papal court. Via their brokers, shifting networks within the university continued to seek, after 1598, the patronage of the occupant of Peter's chair, the ultimate source of grace. The chapter then focuses on the achievements of the academics in their role as humble clients of the Vicars of Christ. Inevitably, religious and intellectual interests alternated with more prosaic concerns, networks blurring the boundaries between heaven and earth in the early 17th century. The Roman Question over benefices in the Principality of Liège remained unresolved, although it had been the university's public cause in Rome par excellence. This conundrum calls into question the notion that political systems are to be privileged over political programmes when accounting for decision-making at Louvain, Brussels, and Rome in the early modern period.

Keywords: academics; benefices; Rome



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