Book presentation

The anti-pope who saved the church
by Mario Prignano
Morcelliana Publisher

Tuesday 28 July 2020, 7 p.m.

D'Avalos Palace
Via Terra Murata, 33, Procida (Naples)


July in Procida 2020

organized by the Municipality of Procida - Department of Culture

under the patronage of the Institute of Studies on the Mediterranean of the National Research Council CNR-ISMed

flyer in pdf

Baldassarre Cossa became pope under the name of John XXIII at the time of the Western Schism, in the conclave of May 1410 in Bologna. He was born in Ischia, in the Phlegrean area of the Mediterranean Sea, to a noble family of sailors and pirates, barons of the islands of Procida and Ischia from 1339 to 1529. He was deposed in Constance in 1415 and died a few years later in Florence in 1419.

The book by Mario Prignano, presented in the splendid setting of Palazzo D'Avalos in Procida, proposes new reflections on the role and weight of a leading figure not only in religious life, when there were three popes during the schism, but also in the international economic, political and financial context of the early fifteenth century.


Debate with the author:

Amedeo Feniello (University of L'Aquila), Andrea Montanari (RAI Studies Office), Raffaella Salvemini (CNR-ISMed)

Readings of Rino Vacca


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