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Un trattato trecentesco inedito contro la Pastoralis cura: l’Epistola Henrici

Bonomelli, Gabriele (2020) Un trattato trecentesco inedito contro la Pastoralis cura: l’Epistola Henrici. Studi medievali, 51 (2). pp. 733-754. (KAR id:101292)


Following the death of emperor Henry VII of Luxembourg on August 24, 1313, a letter was written by an anonymous Ghibelline to rebut the papal claims stated in the decretal Pastoralis cura, published in 1314 by Clement V to invalidate the capital sentence issued by Henry against the king of Naples, Robert of Anjou, on account of the latter’s crimen laesae maiestatis. The sender is Henry VII himself, who affirms to be writing from the otherworld to correct the pope’s wrongdoings: in the form of a juridical treatise with persuasive legal arguments, the letter is harsh on the pope and vitriolic towards Robert of Anjou. The letter has remained almost completely unknown to scholars and this paper provides the first critical edition of its text along with a brief commentary on its most important political arguments. This document also sheds light on the political and propagandistic functions of fictitious epistles in the later middle ages.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Enrico VII, Clemente V, Pastoralis cura, impero, papato, lettere
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Funders: University of Bologna (
Depositing User: Gabriele Bonomelli
Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 11:53 UTC
Last Modified: 17 May 2023 10:18 UTC
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