Un fogliante fra cultura religiosa, polemica erudita e orgoglio civico: Andrea Rossotto (1609-1667)

Autore: Paolo Cozzo
In: Chiese d’Italia. 8
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The monk Andrea Rossotto from Mondovì (1609-1667) was one of the most significant figures of 17th-century reformed Cistercian culture. He was a prolific author of hagiographic writings and moral works. In his book Peripetie della corte, he described the changing fortunes of powerful men in every age. His best-known work was the large bibliographical repertoire Syllabus Scriptorum Pedemontii, which another clergyman, Francesco Agostino Della Chiesa from Saluzzo, criticized as plagiarizing his earlier Catalogue of Piedmontese writers. The fierce controversy between Rossotto and Della Chiesa, motivated in part by mutual insults against their hometowns (Mondovì and Saluzzo) not only testifies to the vitality of the erudite debate, but also reveals how vigorously representatives of urban patricians in Sabaudian Piedmont maintained a sense of civic pride.