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Jim,

I never have run into this as a medieval topos, but Aeneas was capable
of coming up with something like that himself.  Having spent parts of
the past 15 years wrestling with Aeneas' letters, I have found him using
very interesting turns or phrase and clever metaphors in political
letters.

I checked some bibliography:

Anna Maria Corbo devotes pp. 107-113 of her Pio II Piccolomini un papa
umanista (1458-1464) (Edilazio, 202) to "Un rogo per Sigismondo
Malatesta sulle scale di S. Pietro."  But she says nothing about this
topos.  She does mention payment for effigies of Sigismondo for two
ceremonial burnings.

P.J. Jones, in The Malatesta of Rimini and the papal state (Cambridge,
1974) does mention this at p. 229,"...the pope announced the need for
some process, inverting canonization, which would enrol Sigismondo a
citizen of Hell."

Tom Izbicki

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Dear learned ones,
I was reading Samuel Y. Edgerton's Pictures and Punishment: Art and
Criminal
Prosecution during the Florentine Renaissance (Cornell U.P., 1985),
this afternoon,
when I came across a peculiar account of the famous run-in between Pope
Pius II
and Sigismondo Malatesta in 1462.  Apparently Pius ordered the Roman
sculptor
Paolo di Mariano Taccone to make images of Malatesta, quite accurately
depicting
his features and dress, one of which was then publicly burnt on the
steps of St
Peter's Basilica, after which the pope issued a bull "wherein
Sigismondo was
officially canonized as a saint in hell" (p. 70).  Is this just
colourful language, or did
some canonical category of a "saint of hell" exist?  I had previously
heard that
Malatesta was the only living person ever consigned to hell, but I had
never
imagined that he occupied such an exalted position there!
Cheers,
Jim Bugslag

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