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Report on an Imperial Mission to Rome 1447 by Enea Silvio Piccolomini. Edited and translated by Michael von Cotta-Schönberg.

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In January 1447, Enea Silvio Piccolomini arrived in Rome on a mission from Emperor Friedrich III to the ailing Pope Eugenius IV. The mission was to declare the obedience of the Holy Roman Empire to the pope, thus ending the state of German neutrality between the pope and the rump council of Basel. This council had been dissolved by the pope in 1438, but it continued to function as a schismatic council and even elected an antipope, Felix V. Piccolomini was accompanied by other ambassadors from German princes and prelates with the same purpose. The Germans posed certain conditions to be met by the Apostolic See before obedience could be declared: holding a new general council, recognizing the authority of the general councils, removing the financial and legal burdens on the German Nation, and lifting the excommunication of the archbishops of Cologne and Trier. The mission was successful, but the pope did not himself enjoy the fruits of this victory for the Papacy since he died some weeks later. The German ambassadors remained in Rome to participate in the funeral of Pope Eugenius and the coronation of the new pope, Nicolaus V. After his return to Austria, Piccolomini wrote a report to the emperor on the mission to Rome.
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hal-02567813 , version 1 (08-05-2020)
hal-02567813 , version 2 (21-08-2020)
hal-02567813 , version 3 (23-09-2020)
hal-02567813 , version 4 (09-07-2021)

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Michael Von Cotta-Schönberg. Report on an Imperial Mission to Rome 1447 by Enea Silvio Piccolomini. Edited and translated by Michael von Cotta-Schönberg.. 2020. ⟨hal-02567813v4⟩

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