Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller | OUR Heritage

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Opusculum de Mirabilibus Novae et Veteris Urbis Romae





de Beer Swb 1519 A



[Basel]: Thomas Wolfe


In 1417, delegates at the Council of Constance (1414-18) elected Martin V as Pope, effectively ending the Great Schism (1378-1417). This unification not only re-confirmed Rome (and the Vatican) as the Papal centre, but it prompted a revitalisation: Nicholas V (1447-55), the first Renaissance pope, planned a new basilica and palace; Sixtus IV (1471-84) and Alexander VI (1492-1503) contributed to the rebuild and revival of Rome. After election, each new pope would go to St Peter’s for crowning; the Basilica was traditionally the burial site of Peter, the first Pope. This woodcut by painter and printmaker Urs Graf (c. 1494- 1528), cut in 1512, depicts Apostles Peter and Paul: St Peter carries the keys of the kingdom of heaven (as noted in Matthew 16:18); St Paul a long sword.


Francesco Albertini, “Opusculum de Mirabilibus Novae et Veteris Urbis Romae,” | OUR Heritage, accessed March 23, 2018,

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