Sylvester Mazzolini, one of the earliest opponents of M. Luther. A native of Priero in Piedmont, he entered the Dominican Order in 1471 and held various offices in it. In 1512 Leo V appointed him ‘Master of the Sacred Palace’, Inquisitor and censor of books for Rome, and professor of Thomistic theology at the Sapienza. He was involved in the juridical process against J. Reuchlin and Luther and in the cases of P. Pomponazzi and Erasmus. The procrastination of the Roman Curia mitigated the impact of his writings against Luther.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.