I «due governi del mondo» negli scritti di Sarpi
N. 1, GENNAIO-MARZO
The «two world governments» in Sarpi’s writings
Despite disappointment with the compromise that, in 1607, ended the dispute with the Papacy over the Venetian Interdict, Sarpi was increasingly engaged in his activity as adviser to the Republic, in particular to defend its independence against political interference by the Holy See. In this setting, he had the idea of writing Della potestà de’ prencipi; left unfinished, a manuscript of his treatise has recently been found at Yale University, edited by Nina Cannizzaro. The work decidedly affirms the separation of the State’s government, subject only to princes, from spiritual government, subject to the Church. Both powers are taken directly from God, and are completely independent.