Blessed Baptist Spagnoli of Mantua, often simply The Mantuan (born 1447 in Mantua, died in Mantua, 1516), was a poet, Renaissance humanist, and religious leader. He is the only Carmelite to be named in Shakespeare. This Conversation will be an introduction to Mantua’s life, his writing and his multifarious and quite fascinating world.
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One of the houses at Whitefriars College, Donvale, is named after him. The website reads:
“Blessed Baptist of Mantua (1447-1516) was one of the most learned Carmelites of his time. Elected Prior General in 1513, he held high office in the Order and was also a noted public figure; for example, he negotiated the 1515 peace treaty between France and Milan.
He was a prominent literary author in the Italian humanist movement and a much-admired poet, as well as a voice for reform in the church: Erasmus called him “the Christian Vergil”, Shakespeare mentions him in Love’s Labours Lost, and Luther also quoted him. He combined the highest standards of scholarship and study with deep personal faith and a generous commitment to public service. His feast is celebrated on 17 April.”
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The Carmelite Conversations will continue in 2023 on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30 am to 12.00pm. All are welcome to join for a particular session or regularly. More details will be given about each of these session closer to the event.
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