(1543–97) was an advocate of religious tolerance and political reform who took a degree at Oxford, and for a brief period converted to Protestantism. The Catholic Church deplored his treatises opposing excessive dogma and asserting that, free from laws, mankind was naturally immortal, good, and innocent. Calvinists despised his views on predestination. Pucci was executed by the Roman Inquisition for heresy. [See Counter-reformation; Reformation.]
From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.