A European Geography of Patristic Scholarship in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

  • Jean-Louis QuantinEmail author

In April 1618, in what might well have become the most embarrassing episode in the history of the Roman Index, the congregation examined a little book, Aurelii Augustini Dulciloquiorum Libri tres; e Bibliothecae Romerstorpianae uetere manuscripto exemplari nunc primum editi, republished at Herborn in 1614,1 which had been denounced by the powerful Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini.2 The report was entrusted to an obscure theologian, Ippolito Strada, vicar of the Roman parish of San Salvatore a’ Monti.3 A first look at the volume was enough to arouse his suspicions. ‘The book appears to have been written by a heretic under the false name of St Augustine and to have been printed at Geneva or somewhere else, since the types are not German but French’ – a Holmesian ability to recognize the provenance of paper and types was a basic qualification for a seventeenth-century censor.4‘It is purported however’, Strada continued, ‘to have been printed in Herborn, which is an heretical town, and the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.École pratique des Hautes Études, Section des sciences historiques et philologiquesParisFrance

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