“Heresy and Error”:|
The Ecclesiastical Censorship of Books, 1400–1800
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, September 20 – December 17, 2010
|THE INDEX OF EXPURGATIONS||
The final leaf of Bridwell Library’s expurgated copy bears the date 1617 and the signatures of two censors who were active in Mantua, Clemente Renatto and Giovanni Domenico Carretto. On the exhibited page, the censors’ ink deletions have corroded the paper, creating a large loss. Remarkably, a small fragment of uncensored text belonging to Psalm 115, formerly surrounded by the missing portions of this page, has survived loose within the book. In the translation of the expurgated text below, the deleted portions surrounding the fragment are struck through:
The Inquisition apparently considered this passage to be a denial of the Christian belief in salvation and renewed life after death.