A history of the papacy from the great schism to the sack of Rome, Volume 4, 1887 pp. 46-49. In this passage, Creighton touches briefly on George Gemistos Plethon and Cardinall Bessarion, but the main focus is on Pomponius Laetus, the mysterious ringleader of the Pagan underground in Reinaissance Rome. Please refer to the original for sources, footnotes, etc.
The interested reader is also encouraged to further explore the the fascinating story of the Roman Pagan underground in several previous installments of this blog that are linked to at the bottom of this post.
The Heathen-Minded Humanists:
- Part One provides the background of the struggle between Pope Paul II and the Roman Academy
- Part Two describes the crisis of 1468;
- Part Three presents the denouement, in which all charges are dropped and the Heathen Academy survives intact.
- Part Four tells the tale of the surprising evidence discovered four centuries later of the literally underground Paganism that existed in Rome in the 15th century;
- Part Five looks at the other Roman Academy and its head, Cardinal Bessarion.]
- Part Six (what you are reading right now) gives a nice thumbnail sketch of Pomponius Laetus.