History of the Vatican Library

A HISTORY OF

THE VATICAN LIBRARY

Introduction

  • The history of the Vatican Library is intertwined with the history of European thought, art, scholarship and science as well as the history of the Roman church, Rome itself, the Protestant Reformation, and the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
  • The history of the Vatican Library also sheds light upon the conflicts that arose between church policy and the pursuit of new knowledge.
  • Why did the Popes of the early modern period spend a great deal of their resources on such a grand collection of manuscripts and books?
  • How were the present day Vatican Library and its views formed?
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    updated February 12 2005