Promulgation and Diffusion of the News (1633–1651)

Maurice A. Finocchiaro

in Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520242616
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941373 | DOI:
Promulgation and Diffusion of the News (1633–1651)

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All papal nuncios in Europe and all local inquisitors in Italy received from the Roman Inquisition copies of the sentence against Galileo and his abjuration, together with orders to publicize them. Mario Guiducci wrote a letter from Florence to Galileo, who was under house arrest at the residence of the archbishop of Siena. Although Guiducci's report was largely accurate, it did contain several misrepresentations of the sentence. Petrus Carafa compiled a summary of the trial in Latin and had a poster printed for public notification. Giovanfrancesco Buonamici suggested that the Galileo affair had a human element involving personal frailties and political intrigue. After Galileo's condemnation, information about the trial was first promulgated by officials of the Catholic Church through readings at meetings of professors of philosophy and mathematics, and through summaries circulated on printed posters and flyers.

Keywords: Galileo; Mario Guiducci; Petrus Carafa; Giovanfrancesco Buonamici; Catholic Church; Roman Inquisition; condemnation

Chapter.  8509 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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