Reviews Of Books
English Historical Review
BSVISWS 01 BOOKS April acquaintance with many of the most ordinary and aooeasibls souroas. Still the book has a work to ao, and may be useful, if read with caution, until we get a batter. W. H. JMXMM, 0M 220atwoM Cwis und da* Konml mm Trimti water PWM TV; Aotenstaukam Geechichte dea F"""** von Trient im Auftnge der bistoriaohen Commission der kaiserlichen Akadsrme dar Waeenschaften bearbeitet van Josxr SUSTA. I-HL (Wien: Holder, 1901Holder, ,1909Holder, , 1911 As the first of these volumes has
... these volumes has not met with notice in this Beview ifr may weQ be joined to the later volumes here. And, indeed, it hat a special intanst of its own in the preface by the late Theodor von Sickel, which is not only an *^mfr*>il« aooount of the way in which a scholar is led on to an enlarged field of work for himself and others, but is also a most interesting account of the increasing use of the Vatican library. In preparation for hi* work Zur ftseUofes da ComeiU am TntU, 1559-63 (1873), Sckel surveyed the field of unpublished material in the papal correspondence, and he never lost sight of what was awaiting study. His praiseworthy persistence inspired others, and hat resulted in the important work before us. For that reason alone the preface of volume i has special interest. But his account of the great act of Lao XHL in opening up treasures until then most carefully guarded has an equal interest. No one is better able to speak of what has been gained, and the result is a really fryj"»+™g sketch. Dr. Susta's own introduction (pp. xxx-lxxxii) not only gives a full aooount of the varied material he has used, but brings oat acme pomta of great importance. Has IV (* eine sdbststindige, wenn aach ksaneswegs bedeutende Persfinhchkeit *) was Httle jwftnimnwd by thê Hinffr, and depended mainly upon routine advisers of leaser rank. (It is curious to note how many of them, like CriveDo, only started an ecclesiastical career in later life.) But the place of Carlo Borromeo, who digested material for his uncle, is perhaps better understood from these letters than from anything else. Yet other official*, such as Toiomco Gain later on, had at any rate the papal ear, even if they did not penetrate much deeper.