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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122119900216 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! The Pope and The Heretic: The True Story of Giordano Bruno, the Man Who Dared to Defy the Roman Inquisition by Michael White. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 234 pages. Publisher: Perennial, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; (2003). Giordano Bruno challenged everything in his pursuit of an all-embracing system of thought. This not only brought him patronage from powerful figures of the day but also put him in direct conflict with the Catholic Church. Arrested by the Inquisition and tried as a heretic, Bruno was imprisoned, tortured, and, after eight years, burned at the stake in 1600. The Vatican "regrets" the burning yet refuses to clear him of heresy. But Bruno's philosophy spread: Galileo, Isaac Newton, Christiaan Huygens, and Gottfried Leibniz all built upon his ideas; his thought experiments predate the work of such twentieth-century luminaries as Karl Popper; his religious thinking inspired such radicals as Baruch Spinoza; and his work on the art of memory had a profound effect on William Shakespeare. Chronicling a genius whose musings helped bring about the modern world, Michael White pieces together the final years; the capture, trial, and the threat the Catholic Church felt, that made Bruno a martyr of free thought. CONDITION: Remainder mark on bottom, otherwise New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Michael White is a former science editor of British GQ, as well as previous Director of Scientific Studies at d'Overbroeck's college, Oxford. He is the author of hundreds of articles covering the cutting edge of science, as well as popular and classical music. A consultant for the Discovery Channel series "The Science of the Impossible", White is the author of a dozen books, including bestselling biographies of Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Isaac Asimov. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: What is remarkable about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) is less his execution for heresy by the Catholic Church than the philosophy that led to his death. White, who has written biographies of Galileo, Newton and Leonardo, offers a fast-paced account of the development of Bruno's thought and the reasons why the Church considered these ideas heretical. As White points out in an account that is part history of philosophy, part biography and part church history, Bruno drew on the atomistic philosophy of Democritus, the ancient occult rituals of Egypt and other magi, and the teachings of Jesus to develop a philosophical system that challenged traditional Christian doctrines. Drawing threads from each of these disparate traditions, Bruno became the first modern pantheist, contending that every individual is a part of God and that God is in every individual. He argued that individuals could use mnemonic occult rituals to discover this unity. Bruno also believed that the universe was infinite and filled with inhabitable worlds. The philosopher was so convinced that his ideas would allow individuals to seek God that, as White demonstrates, he was mystified at being charged with heresy. Bruno influenced numerous thinkers from Galileo, Leibniz and Spinoza to Coleridge and Hegel. A tightly focused study and a nice overview of the conflict between religion and philosophy in the Renaissance. REVIEW: Australian journalist White, who has written popular biographies of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, and Leonardo da Vinci, here presents the story of ex-priest and natural philosopher Giordano Bruno in the context of the Roman Inquisition. White provides a lucid description of 16th-century life; the wrong time for Bruno, an intellectual who was a blend of mystic, philosopher, and scientist who studied, explored, and lectured throughout Europe. The Catholic Church's suppression of what it deemed heretical thought led to Bruno's arrest, eight years of imprisonment and torture, and, finally, his burning at the stake. His real crime, in Rome's eyes, was his belief in "free inquiry" and spiritual exploration. White's book is exemplary for its discussions of the period's intellectual beliefs and social structure and for its vivid detail and illuminating look at Bruno's trial and subsequent death. White also captures the influence Bruno had on later followers such as Galileo, Shakespeare, and Goethe. Many more academic books examine Bruno's influence in various spheres of Renaissance thought, but this is the only biography available that is aimed at the general reader. Riveting and illuminating. REVIEW: A noteworthy victim of the Inquisition, not altogether innocent, but a victim all the same, earns homage in this slender biography. Giordano Bruno came of age at a time when the papacy was desperately seeking to retain power and much of Europe was desperately seeking to step free of it. "Super-intelligent and vastly erudite," as science journalist White cheerfully puts it, Bruno got himself into trouble with Church authorities while a novice seminarian; ratted on by a fellow student, he was caught reading Erasmus in the privy and summarily excommunicated. For the next 20-odd years, then, he wandered from one European capital to another, living off his wits and the largesse of reform-minded nobility. Bruno was never quite a Protestant. He examined Luther’s doctrines and found them wanting, and he could find no safe haven in Calvinist lands, where a fellow Catholic dissident had been slowly roasted on suspicion of heresy. However, especially after he began poking in Gnostic texts, he was never quite redeemable as a lapsed Catholic either. All of which makes it a deeply curious turn of history that Bruno decided to return to Italy in the hope of mending fences with the "relatively liberal" Pope Clement VIII, who, though interested in Bruno as an intellectual specimen, nonetheless allowed the Inquisitors to have their way with him. And so they did, as White writes, torturing Bruno for six years and then burning him at the stake in Rome’s Campo dei Fiori. White’s account of these events does a good job of placing Bruno’s revolt in the freethinking context of the time, of showing the injustice of Bruno’s fate, and even of showing the relevance of Bruno’s ideas to the subsequent development of higher mathematics. REVIEW: Giordano Bruno, the subject of Michael White's “The Pope and the Heretic”, was a thoroughly modern intellect whose fate was to have lived during the late 16th century, a period characterized in large part by the Inquisition, the Church's monomaniacal suppression of what it deemed heretical thought. A "cerebral maverick", Bruno believed in and wrote about an infinite universe; something beyond Copernicus's heliocentric system, the human origins of the concept of the Trinity, and a possible amalgamation of Roman Catholic doctrine with those of ancient religions. His real crime, at least in Rome's eyes, was his belief in "free inquiry”. White's biography is exemplary, in no small part because of his concise, crystal-clear discussions of the period's intellectual beliefs, the delicately tempestuous battle between papal and civil authorities, and his detailed, illuminating look at Bruno's trial and subsequent burning at the stake. “The Pope and the Heretic” is a trustworthy and enlightening entrance into the dizzyingly complex age of the Renaissance. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: “To think is to speculate with images”. This quote is from the subject of Michael White's new book Giordano Bruno, "The Pope And The Heretic". The same thought was to send him and almost unimaginable numbers to the most evil tortures ever devised, and usually to forms of death that have not been outdone by even today's cruelty. One statistic that is offered by the writer is that The Inquisition put to death 1,000,000 people, including men women and children. At the time this represented 1 out of every 200 people then living on Earth. Using the number of 6 billion for today's population of our planet, this murderous spree would slaughter some 30 million souls today. The power behind these numbers that should be incomprehensible becomes instantly clear when the power that decreed this historic slaughter is named, The Catholic Church. Or perhaps in a macro view of history, religion in general, but here the evil radiated from Rome. Thinking was forbidden unless you repeated what the Church deemed to be the truth. Speculating would get you maimed and killed, and living and conducting yourself like any of the inquisitors or many of the Popes would also have ended your life. The Ten Commandments have nothing to do with those that ran, and in many cases still run the church. To this day The Vatican will only say that it deeply regrets the torture and killing of Bruno, and not only is he not pardoned, those who tormented him were in many instances Canonized, granted Sainthood. The idea that these sadists can hold the same place that Mother Teresa will inevitably rise to is vulgar, obscene, and nauseating. So, 400 years has passed and how is this man who inspired and influenced men like Galileo, Isaac Newton, and men like Niels Bohr, and Werner Heisenberg in the 20th Century now viewed by The Vatican? Well the The Vatican has one document on its site, and that only in Italian, not a word in English or even Polish. The Catholic Encyclopedia describes him thusly, "his system of thought is an incoherent materialistic pantheism", an idea that was nonsense four centuries ago remains so today, one cannot fault dogmatism for lack of consistency! It also must be noted that obfuscation is still the preferred manner of communicating ideas that the Church would rather have as few people understand as possible. Thinking and or speculating with images is as intolerable now as it was when the fire was lit under Giordano. What can one expect from those who brought you the St. Bartholomew's Massacre? Michael White's book is fascinatingly compact, but it is massive in both breadth and depth. Giordano Bruno and others, that like him were willing to question absurdities and the hypocrites that espoused them are owed a debt, by all who dare to think and to speculate, in word, deed, and image. REVIEW: It is strange, that religion and burning in the history of mankind frequently lie together so near: momentarily the assassination attempts of Islamic fundamentalists in New York, London, Madrid and elsewhere, or (on the other hand) the million humans, who became victims of the Inquisition of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. Giordano Bruno has been one of the most famous mourners. Because he questioned the Ptolomaei conception of the world of an earth, around which everything circles, and because he tried to replace the earth-centric-theory by an analysis, which postulated a lot of moving solar systems (plausibly spoken from today's view), in which there is no hierarchical order. Therefore he had to accept more and more furious attempts against his person, which wanted to force his obedience. Apparently unteachable, he classified the subject not as passive nullity directed of God, but as active, self-constructing substance. The theories of the Vatican of the case of sin and of the predetermination of the fate Giordano Bruno rejected as life-strange. "The general opinion is not always the perfect truth”. Giordano Bruno today is still quoted. Such remarks produced expensive, bitter consequences. On 17 February 1600 he publicly was burned on the Campo di Fiori in Rome after eight years torture and dungeon detention. Hundreds of years the burning of disbelieving people seemed to be the major task of the Christian denomination. However today the Pope-administration gradually makes some steps backwards, remorseful: On February 18, in the year 2000, cardinal Angelo Sodano, the undersecretary of state of the Vatican, expressed the "deep regret" of the Catholic Church (according to Zenith News Agency with regard to the death sentence against Giordano Bruno) in a letter to the participants of a congress in Napoli, which took place for the memory of this Italian philosopher in the local theological faculty 2000. It was a "terrible death", "a sad episode in newer Christian history". Respect considering the dignity and the conscience of humans, who look persistently for the truth: this is a level, in the present not yet all countries, confessions or population circles succeed to manage. The book of the British science journalist Michael White ("Science Editor of British GQ Magazine") was criticized by some reviewers, because it has been written in a teenager-language, less scientific, more thrilling like an adventure-story. But on the other hand it is an easily reading, you can practice before you will fall asleep. Short before snoring you can brood about the fact, that religion (connected with the aim to burn people of "wrong" confession) did not yet disappear as a pattern of acting among the earth inhabitants 400 years later. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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