The historian Dr Filip Malesevic (Université de Fribourg - CH) published not only a very handsome book entitled "Inventing the Council inside the Apostolic Library", but also a second one, the revised print version of his doctoral thesis "Cardinal Cesare Baronio and the Curia Ceremonial of the Post-Tridentine Papacy", which was supervised by Volker Reinhardt, among others, at the turn of the year 2021/2022 at De Gruyter.

The two volumes are impressively richly illustrated in colour, even though they are primarily evaluations of written sources.

In his doctoral thesis, Malesevic diligently studied the works and correspondence of the oratorian Cesare Baronio and elaborated on the decisive role of this cardinal for the Council of Trent (1545-63), the rewriting of the Curia ceremonial and changed liturgy.

The volume on the Apostolic Library, written in English, has more of an art historical focus and reconstructs how structural and ritual changes in the Curia were reflected in the library's pictorial programme.

Malesevic, who is a welcome guest at the Roman Institute of the Görres Society, is currently working on both an edition of the letters and works of Cardinal Guglielmo Sirleto with registers and a publication on the Lateran Basilica in the 16th century.


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