Giovanni Della Casa, Corrispondenza con i legati al Concilio di Trento (1544-1549), edizione e commento a cura di Monica Marchi, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2020 (= Biblioteca Italiana Testi e Studi, 16), 304 pp.
“In August 1544 Giovanni Della Casa was appointed apostolic Nuncio to Venice, one of the most important cities for the delicate balance of the European political order. In the lagoon city, information about everything that happened around it arrived very quickly, starting from the Ottoman front, passing through the papal court, up to the extreme borders of Charles V's empire. The letters contained in the Codex Vaticanus Latinus 14830, through the main voices of the Nuncio in Venice, Monsignor Della Casa, and the legates of the Council, Marcello Cervini and Giovanni Maria del Monte, give a detailed picture of the intense period from the laborious opening of the Council itself in Trent to its translation to Bologna. After careful philological investigations, the codex has now been published for the first time in its entirety, reordered chronologically and analysed as a whole. Thanks to the historical and linguistic commentary that accompanies the text, the modern reader can more easily appreciate the content of the correspondence, while the analysis of the communicative peculiarities of the individual interlocutors brings to light the character of three outstanding personalities in Italy in the sixteenth century.” (Loosely translated from the website of the publisher).