Rivista di Storia della Chiesa Vendita articoli e abbonamenti


Rivista storica nata nel secondo dopo-guerra

A cura della Fondazione Michele Maccarrone

La «Rivista di storia della Chiesa in Italia», che ha superato ormai i settant'anni di vita, fu promossa nel 1947 dall’allora giovane professore della Pontificia Università Lateranense, Michele Maccarrone, con l’appoggio di due insigni maestri, Hubert Jedin e Pio Paschini.

Essa si prefiggeva l'obiettivo di inserire nel panorama storiografico italiano ed internazionale un periodico rivolto precipuamente alla ricerca e allo studio della presenza storica della Chiesa in Italia, che rispondesse a criteri di rigore scientifico e che si ponesse in dialogo con la moderna storiografia.

Nel tempo la Rivista ha dedicato la sua attenzione alle più varie articolazioni della storia della Chiesa, dai primi secoli all'età contemporanea, adeguando nel tempo i suoi interessi e i suoi orientamenti al progredire degli studi storici. Essa si articola in varie rubriche - articoli, note e documenti, rassegne, recensioni e cronache - che offrono la possibilità agli studiosi di esaminare tematiche particolari, di pubblicare documenti importanti e significativi, di discutere tesi storiografiche e di presentare convegni.

Fin dall'inizio la Rivista ha pubblicato una bibliografia sistematica ed aggiornata della ricerca storica riguardante la Chiesa in Italia, distribuita cronologicamente e per regioni. Essa costituisce, nel suo insieme, un materiale bibliografico ingente, che supera le cinquantamila unità.

Il periodico pubblica in varie lingue, soprattutto italiano, francese, inglese, ma anche spagnolo e tedesco; è largamente diffuso anche all'estero.

La Fondazione “Monsignor Michele Maccarrone per la storia della Chiesa in Italia”, riconosciuta come persona giuridica con decreto ministeriale, è proprietaria del periodico e offre alla Rivista un indispensabile supporto giuridico ed economico.

I contributi presentati a «Rivista di storia della Chiesa in Italia» sono valutati, in forma anonima, da studiosi competenti per la specifica disciplina (‘double-blind peer review’).

ISSN carta: 0035-6557
ISSN digitale: 1827-790X

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Tra Occidente e Oriente. La Chiesa di Benevento del vescovo Emilio agli inizi del V secolo
di Mario Iadanza pagine: 37 € 6,00
Our text focuses on Aemilius, bishop of Beneventum at the beginning of the fifth century. Unfortunately, Aemilius’ figure, though of undisputed value – related to both prominent personalities of the ecclesial world between Campania  and Apulia and illustrious families belonging to the Roman Christian aristocracy – suffers from a lack of sources. Our paper is divided into three sections. Section one, exploring Aemilius’ own network of contacts and social relationships, is based upon the analysis of Paolinus of Nola’s Carm. XXV and XXI. Section two, taking the cue from Palladius’ records, pieces together different phases of the legation sent to Constantinople by Emperor Honorius and  Pope Innocent I (405-406?) during John Chrysostom’s dramatic deposition and exile, as well as the role played by Aemilius at that time. Finally, section three examines pastoral actions and church building projects promoted by the  bishop in Beneventum, hypothetically ascribing to him the construction of the domus episcopalis.
La tredicesima prebenda. I “testamenti” di Alberto da Somma e la canonica di S. Ambrogio alla fine del XII secolo
di Miriam Rita Tessera pagine: 36 € 6,00
A nephew of Cardinal Guido da Somma and papal subdeacon, Alberto started a brilliant career within the familia of Henry of Blois, bishop of Winchester and papal legate in England. From 1177 onwards, he was instructed by pope  Alexander III to act as a mediator between Frederick I and the Lombard League and to supervise papal enquiries on financial matters, regarding in particular the exemption of some churches in North-West Italy. In 1181 he was  canon of S. Alessandro in Bergamo, but quickly moved to the church of S. Ambrogio in Milan where, between 1188 and 1192, he restored the canons’ dire financial situation thanks to his huge resources and experience on economic  matters. Alberto left the canons detailed instructions on the celebration of his obit and a rich inheritance which he used to establish a new canonical prebend, the thirteenth one, assigned to a member of his lineage. A critical edition  of Alberto da Somma’s five last wills is provided.
Predicare e governare: l’exemplum di papa Innocenzo III
di Christian Grasso pagine: 44 € 6,00
The aim of our essay is to show the centrality of the ars predicandi during the pontificate of Innocent III (1198-1216). He was an expert preacher who regularly preached in Roman churches and basilicas as well as during the IV  Lateran Council (1215). Innocent III’s preaching activity is principally accounted for by his collection of model sermons. This essay investigates the pope’s modus predicandi through the analysis of some of the main themes of his  sermons. Innocent III presented himself as the heir of a tradition developing in Rome since the twelfth century and stemming from the connection among biblical exegesis, preaching and liturgy. Through pastoral care and the  promotion and discipline of preaching, the pope and the Roman Curia tried to achieve a more effective governance of the Church and Christian society.
Le promozioni cardinalizie all’interno del Sacro Collegio (1261-1303)
di Marco Ciocchetti pagine: 22 € 6,00
Medieval studies have analyzed the recruitment of cardinals between the 12th and 13th centuries, also thanks to prosopographic works focusing on their biographical profiles. Unfortunately, little space was devoted to a particular  phenomenon, which can be defined as an “internal promotion”, whereby a cardinal moves from one title to another. This almost always occurred in an ascending fashion (i.e. from a lower to a higher cardinal title), even if there  were passages between titles of the same level. The lack of documentation has likely discouraged further study on this topic, especially as to why these movements took place, inasmuch as they could be related the economic and symbolic differences among different titles. The purpose of our article is to focus on the available sources whilst providing a first survey on a seldom debated topic.
Nel segno della pace. La fondazione della cappellania di S. Cecilia a Volterra e la (sperata) pacificazione della città (1338)
di Jacopo Paganelli pagine: 24 € 6,00
This essay aims to contextualise the foundation of a chapel dedicated to Saint Cecilia in Volterra’s cathedral. The institution of this ecclesiastical benefice was eminently a political act, carried out in agreement between the bishop and  the institutions of the city, in deference to the ideals of pax and tranquillitas adopted by the Popolo.
Stereotipi e anomalie nella caccia alle streghe in età moderna. Alla ricerca di un modello prosopografico
di Daniele Santarelli, Domizia Weber pagine: 13 € 6,00
This paper highlights how, in the early modern age, social and cultural categories usually related to individuals charged with witchcraft are prone to distinctive variables. Our contribute will deal with some meaningful cases that took  place in Central-North Italy between the XVI and XVII centuries, whilst comparing stereotypes frequently linked to witches by specific literature to documentary facts. As such stereotypes are not always matched by records, we  proposed to analyze the dialectic between stereotypes and anomalies in early modern witchlore, turning to prosopographical models and IT tools.
Lo «sposalizio» dei duchi di Savoia. L’anello di san Maurizio nel Seicento sabaudo
di Andrea Merlotti pagine: 14 € 6,00
Between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries, Saint Maurice’s Ring was the main insignia of sovereignty of the Dukes of Savoy. Each sovereign passed on power to his successor by giving him this ring. Duke Charles Emmanuel I  (1580-1630) placed it at the core of a careful communication strategy, involving prominent painters, writers and historians active in his court. The poet Flavio Frugoni wrote that the ring symbolized the marriage between God and  the House of Savoy. The duke also used it to claim the German origins of his House. By the middle of the century, though, the ring gradually lost its importance. The Holy Shroud became thereby the main religious symbol of the  House.
Suggestioni agiografiche nella monarchia italiana fra Otto e Novecento: Maria Clotilde di Savoia-Bonaparte (1843-1911)
di Paolo Cozzo pagine: 19 € 6,00
This article traces the story of Maria Clotilde of Savoy (1843-1911), a noblewoman whose process of beatification, begun in the 1930s, was never completed. The life of Vittorio Emanuele II’s daughter was conditioned by the political-diplomatic situation within the context of national unification; at the same time, it was also characterized by a spiritual tension that deepened in her later years as the princess, thanks to her religious practices and charitable 
works, was greatly admired, whilst stirring up devotion among those who revered her as a sort of “living saint”. Such feelings strengthened after the princess’s death, and after the Concordat the conditions were ripe for launching a  beatification process. However, this process ended up being undermined by the changing climate and transformations leading to new and different models of female sanctity after World War II.


Alejandro Geraldini de Amelia, “primer” obispo en el nuevo mundo (algunos documentos)
di Edoardo D'Angelo pagine: 10 € 6,00
This article aims to reconstruct the situation of ecclesiastical geopolitics in Central America immediately after the discovery of Columbus. Even though the first bishops to reside in American dioceses were Alonso Manso in Puerto Rico  in 1512, and Pedro Suárez de Deza in Conceptión de la Vega in 1514, the central piece on this chessboard is Alessandro Geraldini, an Italian and the first resident bishop of Santo Domingo, the primatial seat of America. The  appendix to this contribution contains the first critical edition of Geraldini’s Bull of nomination (Leo X, November 23, 1516).


pagine: 16 € 6,00
Pietro Messa, Francesco profeta. La costruzione di un carisma (Michele Lodone) - Francesca Galli, Il De luce di Bartolomeo da Bologna. Studio e edizione (Marco Rainini) - Erminia Ardissino, Donne interpreti della Bibbia nell’Italia della prima età moderna. Comunità ermeneutiche e riscritture (Magdalena Maria Kubas) - Matteo Caponi, Una Chiesa in guerra, Sacrificio e mobilitazione nella diocesi di Firenze, 1911-1928 (Giovanni Battista Varnier)

pagine: 111 € 6,00
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