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Umberto Mazzone

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: M-STO/07 History of Christianity and of Churches

Curriculum vitae





Born in Bologna on 16th May 1951, graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Bologna on 20th July 1976 with a final mark of 110 with distinction and right of publication.

From 1st January 1977 to 31st August 1979 he was  research fellow at the Görres Gesellschaft in Bonn (Germany).

From 1st October 1979 to 31st March 1981 he did a research period at Mainz (Germany) at the  Institut für Europäische Geschichte which had awarded him a further scholarship.

From March 1984 to March 1985 he was a researcher at the  Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico in Trento.

From 1st November 1986 he was university researcher at the University of Trento, following an open competition.

From 22nd March 1989 he was university researcher at the University of Bologna, following a transfer, and from 2nd November 1989 he worked in the subject area History of Christianity and the Churches.

From 1st October 2000 he was Associate Professor of History of Christianity and the Churches (M-STO/07) at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Bologna.


In the academic years 1976-77, 1977-78 and 1979-80 he has taught Modern History and History of the Church at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna

In the academic years 1983-84 and 1984-85 he was awarded contracts for Modern History courses by the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna.

As university researcher, starting from the academic year 1986-87, he has collaborated with the teaching for the courses in Modern History at the University of Trento and the University of Bologna and the History of the Church at the University of Bologna,

Since the academic year 1991-92 he has been chair of the course on History of the Church and History of Christianity at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Bologna.


He is a member of the Department of History, Cultures and Civilisations of the University of Bologna.

He was deputy director of the Department of Historical Disciplines and was for many years a board member of that department.

Since the academic year 2009-2010 he has been president of the three-year degree course in Anthropological Sciences, subsequently renamed Anthropology, Religions, Oriental Civilisations.

Since the academic year A.A. 2012-2013 he has been a member of the Council of The School of Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage (Scuola di Lettere e Beni Culturali) of the University of Bologna.

He was a part of the college for PhD research in “Religious studies. Social sciences and historical studies of religions” and is currently taking part in the college for the PhD programme Global Histories, Cultures, and Politics (university of Bologna), characterized by a global and interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of historical and social processes.

Within the scope of the PhD activities he has organized meetings and seminars.

Member of the Interdepartmental centre of Sciences of Religions of the University of Bologna (CISEC) founded in 1988 as Centre for Studies into Judaism and Christianity, on the initiative of its first director, Mauro Pesce. In that context, he delivered some lectures . the collaboration with CISEC led to attention being paid to the manifestations of anti-Semitism. He has carried out surveys and research into anti-Semitism on the Web, which he reported in a departmental seminar and into the consequences of the race laws in 1938 in the Italian school organisation starting from the case of Bologna.

He started to collaborate in the drafting of  "items" for the Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani.

He has taken part in national PRIN research groups:

1997: Evolution and metamorphosis of collective identities from the dawn of the middle ages to the nation state  (scientific  coordinator Prof. Paolo Prodi)

2000: Reason and ethics in the thinking and the institutions between the middle ages and the modern age: politics, economics and law (scientific coordinator Prof. Paolo Prodi)

2002: The construction of Christian identity from Jesus up to the mid-2nd century (scientific coordinator Prof. Mauro Pesce)

2004: The groups of early Christianity and their texts and the repercussions in the Greek-Armenian area (4th – 7th centuries), scientific coordinator Prof. Mauro Pesce

2006: Religious plurality and conflicts (scientific coordinator Prof. Mauro Pesce)

2008: Creation and transformation of community models in the ancient Christianity of the first three centuries, (scientific coordinator Prof. Giovanni Filoramo, with responsibility for the unit of Bologna)

and local research groups:

-Tribunals and confessors. Models and controlling of behaviours in the modern era.

-Behaviours, laws and ethics in the doctrine and the practices of the municipality of Bologna

-Politics, ethics and law in the papal Bologna




The grants awarded by the Görres Gesellschaft of  Bonn and the Institut für Europäische Geschichte of Mainz have enabled him to perform research into the problems relating to the organisation and funding of the Counsel of Trento. As main sources he used the accounts ledgers and registers of the Apostolic Chamber, which, filled in by the Counsel Depositary Antonio Manelli, provide significant information as to the economic situation in those years in the cities where the Counsel was situated (Trento-Bologna) and on the administrative structure of the Roman curia.

The critical edition of the sources studied, accompanied by a broad introduction, was welcomed and published in 1985 in the monumental series of the Concilium Tridentinum published by Görres-Gesellschaft for Herder of Freiburg.

From March 1984 to March 1985 he performed research activities at the Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento, under the guidance of Prof. Paolo Prodi, with the aim of predisposing the instruments for a repertoire of the Italian pastoral visits in the modern age. Following the research ideas matured in Italy, France and Germany, the pastoral visits indeed appear to warrant particular attention for their centrality in the institutional history of the Church, both for the problems of methodology and organisation of the research that they pose to the scholars of the modern age. With the proceedings of the pastoral visits we indeed find ourselves before an almost unique possibility of gelling of different interests; from religious history to the social and economic one, to history of art and the environment. It is a precious source for the understanding of the complex processes of interaction between institutions and society and the formation of models of individual and collective behaviours.

A contribution came out in 1985 with the volume, curated with Angelo Turchini, Le visite pastorali, Bologna, Il Mulino.

Attention to the issue of the ecclesiastic disciplinary investigations in the modern age was kept alive with further studies into the performance and the significance of the pastoral visits, the apostolic ones and the relations ad limina.


He has also shown growing interest in the institutional mechanism of the power of the “ancien regime” in the Church State.

The work started with a methodical exploration at the State Archives of Bologna of the vast private archive of the Campeggi family. Through the archival search it has been possible to reconstruct the dynamics internal to the family, the performance of its economic interests, the political role it performed, thus outlining a more comprehensive picture of the power balances of Bologna in the first fifty years of the 16th century. The results of this first phase have allowed for the broadening of the research from the theme of the Campeggi family to the more comprehensive one of the institutional life of the Bolognese legation.  In this perspective a study has been started on the work of the cardinal Giovanni Morone as legate of Bologna (1544-1548).

Apart from putting forward biographical analysis the research presents an institutional slant and sets itself the aim of assessing the concrete explication of the activity of the provincial legate within the Church State.

The analysis of the institutional role of the legate cardinal had begun on the occasion of research into the Bolognese legation of Antonio Pignatelli (1684-1687), future pope Innocent XII.

The research into the role of the legate cardinal matured during the participation in the study group in social disciplining in the modern era, coordinated by Prof. Paolo Prodi and deals with the vast range of issues whose key point is the link between the central articulations of the papal administration and the peripheries, between powers of the legates and those of the communities subject to them, among fields of legacy competences and field of competence of the diocesan bishop, between sources of legitimation of the power and its effective deployment. The research was performed by using the records relating to the Bolognese legation concerning the Bolognese magistrature and their relations with Rome, preserved at the State Archive of  Bologna. Alongside the archival sources, great importance in this research is attached to the elaborations of canonical law on the figure of the legate.

The research analysis has focused on how the work of social disciplining developed by the Church in the modern age has constructed a long-lasting model and a manifestation characterising the confessional era.

The different religious confessions that found themselves fighting over the European continent were brought together by the desire to transmit the behavioural values and those of the construction of confessional societies whose characteristics were often similar.

It ensued that the personal identity in the modern era tended to be defined in the confessional field, that is in relation to the Churches.

The desire to garner the existence of interactions between religious bodies and society, which deeply affect the models of collective behaviours, has thus been at the basis of the research. The first objective has been to deepen how the normative aspects promoted by the Tridentine found their effectiveness in the local church of the 17th century (in the first place, the Bolognese one).

The force of the resistance to the deployment of the normative efficacy of the bishopric's disposition has been verified, especially on a local level; in particular, attention is not only addressed to interference by the political powers but also the claims for autonomy and the conflicts that arose from the presence of numerous jus patronatus.

What has emerged is the importance of research on how the work of the ecclesiastic tribunals in relations with the ecclesiastic, political and cultural institutions of the local realities, has constituted a benchmark for the new norms issued by the Council of Trent. The yardstick of the enforcement of sanctions of the new rules by the Bolognese archbishopric has been identified, also in relation to that, not always convergent, of the civil forum and the criminal one of Torrone.

In particular, the relationship between bishop, civilian municipal and representative power in Bologna and  the central papal power has been examined.

As a further development of this research a study has been started, finalised to a collective contribution on the category of the “modern,” on the modalities of discussion and organisation of the works if the Council of Trent compared with those of the contemporary Representative Assemblies of the Ancien Regime (Cortes, Parliaments).

The research has looked at how the work of social disciplining developed by the Christian Churches in the modern age has constituted a long-lasting model and a manifestation characterising the confessional age. In this direction, an attempt has been made to  grasp the existence of those interactions between religious structures and society that profoundly affect the models of collective behaviour to assess the relationship between bishop, civilian municipal and representative powers in Bologna with the central papal power. 

The results of this research are now published in the volume Governare lo Stato e curare le anime. La Chiesa di Bologna dal Quattrocento alla Rivoluzione francese, Padua,, 2012,



The analysis of the modes of functioning of the representative assemblies and the permanence of the great questions of political philosophy has also been extended to the  Constituent Assembly of the Italian Republic in 1946 following the discussion taking place there in the question of the right to resistance promoted by Giuseppe Dossetti.

He has done studies concerning the history of historiography within the national research  PRIN “The construction of Christian identity” (research led by Prof. Mauro Pesce).  The Protestant Reform and the Counter-Reform are key turning points for the reflection on the Christian origins and, reciprocally, on the problem of the origins in the reformed church and in the Tridentine one takes on crucial value also as the proposition of a process of  reformatio.

On the Protestant past an ecclesiastic history is thus elaborated, known as “Centurie of Magdeburg,” performed under the guidance of Flacio Illirico, while on the Catholic side the Annales Ecclesisatici of Cesare Baronio were elaborated in opposition.

We thus witness the development of an “ecclesiastical history” with aims of struggles and apologetics and, in Catholic historiography, also the confirmation of the Church's temporal powers.

Baronio's good fortune, albeit with some nuances, continued throughout the 18th century while in Protestantism there was a reinforcement, in the age of Pietism, of the importance of history for theology and for the Church.

Staring from these two great traditions, all the great moments of cultural life, from the Enlightenment to idealism, to historicism, would progressively come to terms with their Christian origins.

The aim is to express an instrument of analysis that garners the most authoritative voices of contemporary scientific research in the sector in order to present a comprehensive picture of historiography in the modern and contemporary age on the origins of Christianity and its impact with the interpretation of the concept of reformatio.




For some time he has been performing studies into the relations between religion/s, politics, violence, war. In particular, he has studied the First World War.

The First World War was one of the key events of the 20th century, both because it represented a huge disaster and because it posed the premises for the European totalitarianisms, of the Second World War and the division of Europe. The first world conflict was a great behavioural, emotional, psychological watershed between two eras. Research is ongoing at the Kriegsarchiv of Vienna.

As the results of the first phase of the research, he has curated the publication of the monographic issue of “Annals of History of the Exegis,” XXVI/2, (2009), entitled   Christianity and conflict in the modern and contemporary era, included in the University project, War, Imaginary, Representations, Material Forms, coordinated by Prof. Carlo Galli.

The work also benchmarked the research ongoing in Europe thanks to the invitation, received from the Saint Petersburg State University and the Russian Association of Historians of the First World War, to give a lecture titled Western Christian Churches and the First World War, on the occasion of the international meeting First World War, Versailles System and Contemporary World held in Saint Petersburg (Russia) on 7th-8th October 2011.






The research themes now focus on:

- Christianity and conflicts. As the religions must be acknowledged as having an important role in producing conflict, and Christianity has shown a very strong co-penetration in the theme of conflict, my aim is to identify to what extent conflict was the leitmotif in the history of the Christian churches and to what extent the religions can be the creators, but also the possible resolvers, of conflicts. In particular, I wish to examine the models of fair war/unfair war in the Christian tradition with particular reference to the modern and contemporary era.

- "Religious life and civil life in the Legation of Bologna in modern times." The research reflects on the disciplinary work developed by the Church in the modern era. The aim is to assess, on a local basis, the force of the resistance to the explication of the bishopric's dispositions. The relationship between bishop, civilian municipal power and the representative in Bologna of the central papal power is examined.


"Religion and Great War in the Austro-Hungarian Empire." Specifically, I wanted to deal with the theme of spiritual aid in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the course of the First World War.


In the past four years he has taken part as Speaker at the following meetings and congresses:


Cardinal Giovanni Morone and the last phase of the Council of Trento , seminar coordinated by  Massimo Firpo and Ottavia Niccoli, 5-6 June 2009, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, (rel. Morone legato al Concilio.


Christianity and Democracy , Consulta Universitaria per la Storia del Cristianesimo e delle Chiese, University of Pavia, Almo Collegio Borromeo, 21-22 September 2009, Pavia, (lecture on Cattolici e costituente).


Christians of Italy. Church, Society, State 1861-2001 , Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere e Arti, 23-24 November 2009, Venice, (lecture on Christians in bipolar Italy).


Oportet et haereses esse. Heresies and heretics in the history of Christianity , Department of Science of History and Historical Documentation, University of Milan, 30-31 May 2011 (rel. Heresy becomes science, centuries XVII-XIX)


Church History between Rome and Vilnius , Lithuanian Catholic Academy of Science, Vilnius 22-23 September 2011 (rel. The Apostolic Visitation in the Post-Tridentine Church)


First World War, Versailles System and the Present , School of International Relations, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), 7-8 October 2011 ( rel. Western Christian Churches and the First World War)


History, medicine and law in the treatises of Prospero Lambertini- Benedict XIV , Foundation for Religious Sciences Giovanni XXIII Bologna – University of Modena and Reggio, 12-13 December 2011 (rel. Le Notificazioni nel De Synodo Dioecesana: la legislazione bolognese come fonte )


Stories of invisibility, marginalisation and exclusion , Department of Historical, Anthropological and Geographical Disciplines, University of Bologna, 1-3 February 2012 (rel. Poveri buoni e poveri cattivi nella tradizione cristiana)


Women: Models and protagonists of spiritual life in the modern age , III International Congress  University of Bologna – Universitad de Alicante, Ravenna 24-26 October 2012 (rel. Prescriptions for women: the Notifications of Prospero Lambertini for the Archdiocese of Bologna).


Between theory and empirical evidence – manifestations of fear throughout history, Bielefeld Universität, Università di Bologna, 23-27 settembre 2013, Bielefeld, (rel. La morte, dalla visibilità all'invisibilità).

Il cardinale Carlo Oppizzoni tra Napoleone e l'Unità d'Italia, Istituto per la Storia della Chiesa di Bologna (ISCBO), 18-20 novembre 2013, Bologna, (Conclusioni del Convegno).

Legge e natura. I dibattiti teologici e giuridici fra XV e XVII secolo, Seminario di studi internazionali, Accademia Nazionale di Scienze, Lettere e Arti di Modena e Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII di Bologna, 28-29 novembre 2013, Modena, (Conclusioni del Convegno).


Chiesa e “memoria divisa” in Italia nel 70° della guerra e della Resistenza, Facoltà Teologica dell’Emilia-Romagna, 21 marzo 2014, Bologna,(rel. Dalle guerre dei Savoia alle guerre del Fascismo: la posizione della Chiesa dinanzi alla guerra).

Les Eglises chrétiennes dans la Grande Guerre. Expériences historiographiques européennes. Société d’histoire relidieuse de la France, Journée d’étude internationale, 22 novembre 2014, Paris, (rel. Eglises et Monarchie austro-hongroise).


Politische Partizipation – Eine interdisziplinäre Herausforderung?, Bielefeld Universität, Università di Bologna, 18 – 23 maggio 2015, Bielefeld, (rel. Symbolische Räume von Partizipation: Das Beispiel Lemgo. Die Prozessionsroute).

Das Trienter Konzil (1545-1563) und die Entstehung der katholischen Konfessionskultur in Europa, Villa Vigoni (Como), Centro Italo-Tedesco per l'Eccellenza Europea Deutsch-Italienisches Zentrum für Europäische Exzellenz, , 9-13 giugno 2015, (Schlusskommentar).

La vita religiosa nella storia del Cristianesimo dalle origini all'età contemporanea, Megara (Atene), Gruppo Italiano di Ricerca su Origene e la Tradizione Alessandrina (GIROTA) presso Dipartimento di Studi Storico-Religiosi, Sapienza Università di Roma e Centro ecumenico 'p. Salvatore Manna' di Bari, 28 giugno - 3 luglio 2015, Atene, (rel. Vita attiva e vita contemplativa: Quirini, Giustiniani e il Libellus ad Leonem X).

La Prima Guerra Mondiale e la Chiesa bolognese, Giornata di studio, Istituto per la Storia della Chiesa di Bologna, 10 ottobre 2015, Bologna, (rel. Il card. Gusmini e Benedetto XV).

L’Italia tra storia e biografia. L’esperienza del Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Storia culture Civiltà, Fscire, Treccani, 23 ottobre 2015, Bologna, (promozione del Convegno e relazione La biografia religiosa a margine dell’Italia sacra).


Misericordia, riconciliazione, società. Storia del Cristianesimo e studi storico religiosi, Vicariatus Urbis - CUSSC, 16-17 marzo 2016, Roma, Pontificia Università Lateranense, (rel. Pratiche di grazia nella Legazione di Bologna in età moderna).

Ricordo del card. Giacomo Lercaro a 40 anni dalla scomparsa, Dip. Storia Culture Civiltà-Fscire-Facoltà Teologica dell’Emilia-Romagna, Bologna 18 ottobre 2016, (rel.: Lercaro e il PCI).

1966-2016. Così lontane così vicine. Il rapporto fra la diocesi e la città di Bologna, Comune di Bologna-Ass. Il Mosaico-Chiesa di Bologna, Bologna 19 novembre 2016, (rel.: L’amministrazione della città, il PCI e la Chiesa cattolica 1965-1968).

Benedetto XV nel mondo dell’inutile strage, Colloquio internazionale, Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri-Fscire, Bologna 3-5 novembre 2016, (rel.: Un arcivescovo in esilio a Bologna).


A cinquecento anni dalla Riforma di Lutero, Roma Istituto De Merode, 14 marzo 2017, (rel.: Il cammino del dialogo fra luterani e cattolici).

1517. Le università e la Riforma, CISUI Centro Interuniversitario per la storia delle università italiane, Bologna 4-5 maggio 2017, (rel.: Tappe di un percorso di ricerca: dalle “riforme” religiose alle radici del moderno).

Chiesa italiana e Chiesa bolognese nel primo ventennio repubblicano, Facoltà Teologica dell’Emilia-Romagna-Istituto Parri, Bologna 12 maggio 2017, (rel.: Il 1956 a Bologna: la candidatura a sindaco di Dossetti. Una città tra il rapporto Krusciov, le elezioni e i fatti d’Ungheria).



International Activity

He has spent research and teaching periods at foreign institutions.

In 2005 he did knowledge transfer activities at the Kathpress Press Agency of the Austrian Catholic Church in Vienna within the scope of the European Leonardo da Vinci programme.

In 2009 he was Research Fellow at Wellesley College, Wellesley-Boston, United States, within the scope of the exchange project between University of Bologna and Eastern College Consortium (E.C.CO)

In 2012 he did a period of research and teaching at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of  Saints Cirillo and Metodio of Skopje within the European programme, European Commission,  JoinEU-SEE II, Erasmus Mundus Partnerships, Action 2.

2014: Gastprofessor at the University of Bielefeld - Germany.

2016: Gastprofessor at the University of Bielefeld - Germany.




"El buon governo". Un progetto di riforma generale nella Firenze savonaroliana, Firenze, L. S. Olschki, 1978

Cristianesimo. Istituzioni e società dalla Rivoluzione francese alla globalizzazione, Bologna, Archetipo, 2011

Governare lo Stato e curare le anime. La Chiesa di Bologna dal Quattrocento alla Rivoluzione francese, Padova,, 2012,

L'Ottantanove è lontano. Chiese e società da Giovanni Paolo II a Benedetto XVI, Bologna, EDB Edizioni Dehoniane Bologna, 2012

Edizioni critiche di fonti

Concilium Tridentinum. Diariorum, actorum, epistularum, tractatuum nova collectio. Concilii Tridentini diariorum partis tertiae volumen secundum, Freiburg i. B., Herder, 1985, v. III/2


Cristianesimo e conflitto in età moderna e contemporanea, numero monografico della rivista “Annali di storia dell' Esegesi”, XXVI/2, (2009)

Opere curate in collaborazione

Le visite pastorali. Analisi di una fonte, a cura di U. Mazzone e A. Turchini, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1985 (II edizione, riveduta e ampliata, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1990)

Sortilegi amorosi, materassi a nolo e pignattini. Processi inquisitoriali del XVII secolo fra Bologna e il Salento, a cura di U. Mazzone e C. Pancino, Roma, Carocci, 2008


Sussidi papali e libertà di voto al Concilio di Trento, in "Cristianesimo nella storia", I (1980), 185-250

L' opera di Hubert Jedin come editore, in "Annali dell' Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento", VI (1980), 235-247

La visita e l' azione pastorali di Giacomo Boncompagni arcivescovo di Bologna (1690-1731), in "Cristianesimo nella storia", IV (1983), 343-366

I libri di Tommaso e Marco Antonio Campeggi. Due inventari cinquecenteschi, in "Cristianesimo nella storia", X (1989), 509-551

Visitatori in Valtellina tra '500 e '600. Visite pastorali, visita apostolica e relationes ad limina, in "Rivista di Storia e Letteratura religiosa", XXVII (1991), 27-54

"Consolare quei poveri catholici": visitatori ecclesiastici in Valtellina tra '500 e '600, in Riforma e società nei Grigioni. Valtellina e Valchiavenna tra '500 e '600, a cura di A. Pastore, Milano, Franco Angeli, 1991, 129-157

"Con esatta e cieca obedienza" Antonio Pignatelli cardinal legato di Bologna (1684-1687), in Riforme, religione e politica durante il pontificato di Innocenzo XII (1691-1700), a cura di B. Pellegrino, Galatina (LE), Congedo, 1994, 45-94

"Evellant vicia ... aedificent virtutes": il cardinal legato come elemento di disciplinamento nello Stato della Chiesa, in Disciplina dell' anima, disciplina del corpo e disciplina della società tra medioevo ed età moderna, a cura di P. Prodi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1994, 691-731

Una fonte importante: le visite pastorali, in La parrocchia montana nei secoli XV-XVIII, a cura di P. Foschi e R. Zagnoni, Bologna-Porretta T.-Pistoia 1994, 13-22

Una visita pastorale nelle campagne bolognesi tra Sei e Settecento, in La terra e il sacro. Segni e tempi di religiosità nelle campagne bolognesi, a cura di L. Paolini, Bologna, Pàtron Editore, 1995, 11-25

I dibattiti tridentini: tecniche di assemblea e di controllo, in Il concilio di Trento e il moderno, a cura di P. Prodi e W. Reinhard, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1996, 101-136

Dal primo Cinquecento alla dominazione napoleonica, in Storia della Chiesa di Bologna, a cura di P. Prodi e L. Paolini, Bologna-Bergamo, Istituto per la Storia della Chiesa di Bologna - Edizioni Bolis, 1997, v. I, 205-282

“Non è anch' essa una scuola speciale ?” Le scuole per ebrei a Bologna nei fondi del Provveditorato agli studi, in L' applicazione della legislazione antisemita in Emilia Romagna, a cura di V. Marchetti, Bologna, Casa Editrice Il Nove, 1999, 111-119

Il diritto/dovere di resistenza nella proposta di Giuseppe Dossetti alla Costituente, in Resistenza e diritto di resistenza, a cura di A. De Benedictis e V. Marchetti, Bologna, CLUEB, 2000, pp.45-76.

I mulini della Valle del Savena tra storia, territorio e cultura, in I mulini della Valle del Savena. Giornate di studio 15 e 16 magggio 1999, a cura di A. Simoncini, Bologna, Centro Storico Documentale La loggia della Fornace, 2000, pp. 9-14

Il pellegrinaggio nella storia della Chiesa, in Il pellegrinaggio nelle valli dal Savena al Setta, a cura di A. Simoncini, Bologna, Centro Storico Documentale La loggia della Fornace, 2001, pp. 11-28

Versammlungs- und Kontrolltechniken, in Das Konzil von Trient und die Moderne, hrsg. von P. Prodi-W. Reinhard, Berlin, Dunker & Humblot, 2001, pp. 79-106

Momenti della ricerca storiografica su Federico Borromeo come vescovo, in “Studia Borromaica”, XV (2001), pp. 227-246

Guicciardini governatore laico nello Stato della Chiesa, in Bologna nell' età di Carlo V e Guicciardini, a cura di E. Pasquini e P. Prodi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002, pp. 433-456

Trento città del concilio. Aspetti e momenti di uno storico appuntamento, in Storia del Trentino. L' età moderna, a cura di M. Bellabarba e G. Olmi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002, pp. 465-504

Il cardinale Gabriele Paleotti (1522-1597), in Domus Episcopi. Il palazzo Arcivescovile di Bologna, a cura di R. Terra, Bologna, Minerva Edizioni, 2002, pp. 213-224,

Prospero Lambertini tra Chiesa Universale e patria bolognese, Ivi, pp. 225-236

L' idea di episcopato in età tridentina, in “Oecumenica Civitas”, II (2002), pp. 187-208

La visita apostolica come strumento di controllo e governo nella chiesa post-tridentina, in Forme storiche di governo nella Chiesa universale, a cura di P: Prodi, Bologna, CLUEB, 2003, pp. 143-166

I rappresentanti del potere pontificio a Bologna e l' ambiente ecclesiastico cittadino nell' età di Pio II, in Il sogno di Pio II e il viaggio da Roma a Mantova. Atti del Convegno internazionale Mantova, 13-15 aprile 2000, a cura di A. Calzona, F.P. Fiore, A. Tenenti, C. Vasoli, Firenze, Olschki, 2003, pp. 203-235

L' esperienza di edizione del <<Concilium Tridentinum>>, in “Annali dell' Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento”, XXIX (2003), pp. 469-493.

Prefazione, in A. Ponti Sgargi, Molinella negli anni che cambiarono l' Europa (1796-1815), Bologna, Pendragon, 2003, pp. 9-14

Morire bene, morire secondo le regole. Un approccio a Gabriele Paleotti e Roberto Bellarmino, in Di fronte all' aldilà: Testimonianze dall' area bolognese. Atti del convegno di studio, Bologna 6-9 novembre 2002, a cura dell' Istituto per la Storia della Chiesa di Bologna, Bologna, Barghigiani editore, 2004, pp. 243-261.

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Giurista e pastore: il buon governo della diocesi, in Prospero Lambertini pastore della sua città, pontefice della Cristianità, a cura di A. Zanotti, Bologna 2004, pp. 73-90

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