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The Pope's Elephant e-book

Author:

Silvio A. Bedini

Language:

English

Category:

History

Subcategory:

World

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1146 kb

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Rating:

4.9

Publisher:

J.S. Sanders Books; 1st. U.S. ed edition (October 13, 1998)

Pages:

312

ISBN:

1879941414

The Pope's Elephant e-book

by Silvio A. Bedini


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The Pope's Elephant by Silvio A. Bedini, historian emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, describes Hanno's powerful effect on the Papal Court and on the Roman citizenry. This elephant-trained to kneel, dance, weep, and trumpet on command-led parades and entertained at public festivals and was commemorated in paintings, poetry, and sculpture. For Romans, Hanno became the preeminent symbol of the alluring Orient; for Pope Leo's detractors, the elephant became a symbol of Roman corruption

It was also the city of Pope Leo X, the pleasure-loving pontiff whose court was infamous for its excess, frivolity and .

It was also the city of Pope Leo X, the pleasure-loving pontiff whose court was infamous for its excess, frivolity and impropriety, as well as for its newly-arrived white elephant Hanno. Hanno became a star feature in processions and festivals, and the subject of countless paintings, sculptures and fountains. In this fascinating glimpse at a forgotten sidenote to history, Silvio A. Bedini gives us an elephant's-back view of early modern Europe and the inner workings of the Vatican at the height of its influence.

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The Pope's Elephants book. Charmingly written with dozens of accompanying photographs and illustrations, The Pope's Elephant will delight readers just as Hanno delighted the people of Rome five centuries ag. .

by. Leo X, Pope, 1475-1521, Manuel I, King of Portugal, 1469-1521, Catholic Church - Foreign relations - Portugal, Renaissance - Italy - Papal States, Hanno (Elephant), Elephants in art, Papal States - History - Leo X, 1513-1521, Rome (Italy) - History - 1420-1798, Portugal - Foreign relations

In 1514, Rome, the Eternal City, was the center of the Christian world and home and workshop to Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. It was also the city of Pope Leo X, the pleasure-loving pontiff whose court was infamous for its excess, frivolity and impropriety, as well as for its newly-arrived white elephant Hanno.

ISBN 10: 0140288627 ISBN 13: 9780140288629. Publisher: Penguin Books, 2000. An "utterly charming"(The Observer) look at the white Indian elephant who became the darling of Pope Leo X and Renaissance Europe. In 1514, Rome, the Eternal City, was the center of the Chrisitian world and home and workshop to Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo.

Together, let's build an Open Library for the World. July 28, 2010 History. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove The Pope's elephant from your list? The Pope's elephant.

In this fascinating glimpse at a forgotten sidenote to history, Silvio A. Charmingly written with dozens of accompanying photographs and illustrations, The Pope's Elephant will delight readers just as Hanno delighted the people of Rome five centuries ago. show more. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

In this tour de force of original scholarship, Silvio Bedini gives us an elephant's-back view of early modern Europe. “Combines offbeat charm with historical rigor to pleasing effect.”―The Independent on Sunday.
Velan
This is an extraordinary story about Pope Leo X's most unusual pet. Leo was a Medici, a man of high culture, a hands-on ruler, patron to Raphael, scorned by Martin Luther. He had a lighter side and a genuine affection for the elephant Hanno, a gift from the Portuguese King. First published in 1998, Bedini had to do his research the hard way, visiting archives and corresponding with Vatican librarians. Sometimes it seems the knowledge was so hard won that the author puts facts in the book that don't advance the story. He describes the weight of the pearls on the Portuguese Ambassador's hat and lists all the cargo that was on the ship with the elephant en route to Rome. I appreciate the telling detail, and this books provides an extraordinary window into the Renaissance. While I enjoyed it very much, I found myself glossing over some of Bedini's longer descriptions.
Vizil
I love books written on actual events. Delightful.
Uanabimo
The book won't earn any style points, the writing is somewhat plodding. The illustrations are excellent, and the materials cited are first class. I had a hard time putting it down.
Honeirsil
Very interesting history of Pope Leo X and how he acquired his wonderful, exotic menagerie. It was almost refreshing to learn that a Catholic Pope, especially back in that time period, had an eccentric, sort of quirky, approachable personality and a good rapport with the people, and of course, the animals in his collection. The book also reveals what a high level of respect the Pope had around the world. People traveled thousands of miles with these animals just to grant them as gifts to the Pontiff. He was well liked and well respected and he obviously enjoyed being in the company of people and having celebrations and parties. He was not at all the rigid icon that one would consider the Popes to be, especially before the Reinaisance. Perhaps if Pope Leo had remained Pope longer, the Catholic church could have been long reformed! He seemed like a fun-loving, people-loving, eccentric who wanted to enjoy his time in the papacy. Perhaps there is hope now, in Pope Francis, that reform will take place - not in the eccentric ways of Leo, but perhaps in the similar, light-hearted spirit. Leo X brought art and celebration to the Vatican, and joy to the hearts of the people. Of course that meant he was doomed by his critics and advisors
Ueledavi
The Pope's Elephant by Silvio A. Bedini is a fun book although it does not quite deliver the promise of the subtitle on the cover. It is not really about the journey of an elephant from deep in India to the heart of Rome. It is really about the strange workings of Rome and the Papacy in the early 1500's and their dealings with other nations, such as Portugal from which the ill-fated elephant, Hanno, arrives. The author uses a great variety of sources for this journey, particulary interesting being the use made of contemporary artists to provide proof of events. This book could have used the Pope's elephant for a much wider glimpse of the world at this point in time, but the more narrow version presented here is fascinating and illuminating in its own right. An interesting footnote into history (and, truly, how many interesting footnotes does one run across).
fabscf
If you've even a passing interest in historiography - supplementing the historical record with artifacts and peripherally supporting documentary evidence to glean a substantial picture of the world represented by written history - you will find this book a treasure.
At times shocking, at others moving, often repellant and even more frequently laugh-out-loud audacious, it is always illuminating.
This is high scholarship, but only very rarely is it dry. Good for the gothic audience: never again will you dream of living in romantic 16th C Europe, not after the smells and sounds and horrific displays of human behavior brought to life by Bedini and the story of the elephant/s.

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