Fermenti antigesuitici nel Mezzogiorno settecentesco

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Anti-Jesuit ferments in the eighteenth century Mezzogiorno

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This essay studies features and characteristics of anti-Jesuitism in the provinces of Southern Italy in the mid-eighteenth century. More specifically, it analyzes an armed revolt of the students of the seminary of Chieti against the Jesuits who taught in the institute and the diffusion, in the town itself, of manuscript and printed satires against the Company, which sharply criticized the teaching methods of the Jesuits, and accused them of dubious morals. After a criminal trial in the court of Chieti in 1757, the case ended with the imprisonment of the laymen implied in the circulation of the satires, whereas similar measures do not seem to have been taken against the clerics guilty of the rebellion. In regards to the Jesuits, they were deprived of teaching in the seminary, which they had kept in an unchallenged and virtually uninterrupted way since the beginning of their settlement in Chieti (1593). Given the uproar that the affair caused, and the effects it produced, the case (hitherto virtually unknown) may be considered as one of the most important premises of the mid-eighteenth century expulsion of the Jesuits from the Kingdom of Naples.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Anti-Jesuit ferments in the eighteenth century Mezzogiorno
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)307-341
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Gesuiti
  • Jesuits
  • Mezzogiorno
  • Southern Italy


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