This essay reflects on the religious crisis that involved the Papacy and the whole Church of Rome in the first half of the Sixteenth Century. Pamphlets, pasquinades widely circulating in the Italian peninsula laughed at the Roman Curia’s vices and vilenesses legitimating, more or less directly, the Protestant break. In particular, it focuses on Celio Secondo Curione, piemontese exile, who fled from Italy in 1542 toward Switzerland, finally settling in Basle. His Pasquillorum tomi duo, published in 1544, are a rich testimony of the changing forms of the anti-roman polemics in the central decades of the Sixteenth Century. At the same time those two volumes are a very interesting source to sharpen the evolution of his religious thinking
Caravale, G. (2013). Delegittimazione in versi. Celio Secondo Curione e i Pasquillorum tomi duo nella polemica antiromana di metà Cinquecento. KRYPTON, I(2), 6-12.