About Giordano Bruno
Giordano Bruno - referred to as the Forgotten Philosopher.
At age of thirteen years old we went to the School at the Monastery of Saint Domenico. It was a famous place. Thomas Aquinas, himself a Dominican, had lived there and taught. Within a few years Bruno had become a Dominican priest.
It was not long before the monks of Saint Dominico began to learn something about the extraordinary enthusiasm of their young colleague. He was frank, outspoken, and lacking in reticence. It was not long before he got himself into trouble. It was evident that this boy could not be made to fit into Dominican grooves.
He ran away from school, from his home town, from his own country and tried to find among strangers and foreigners a congenial atmosphere for his intellectual integrity that he could not find at home. It is difficult not to get sentimental about Bruno. He was a man without a country and, finally, without a church.
Bruno was interested in the nature of ideas. Although the name was not yet invented it will be perfectly proper to dub Bruno as an epistemologist, or as a pioneer Semanticist. He takes fresh stock of the human mind.
ROME.- On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Giordano Bruno, burned alive at the stake on piazza Campo de’ Fiori, in Rome, on February 17, 1600, for his convictions, which were judged heretical by the Tribunal of the Roman Inquisition, the Vatican Secret Archives unveils the summary of the trial of Giordano Bruno, the 17th document on display at the Capitoline Museums in the Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself exhibition.
The document, online as of today at www.luxinarcana.org, is extremely significant because the records of the proceedings of Giordano Bruno’s trial are lost. They may have been destroyed together with the records of other Inquisition trials some time before the Roman archives that had been taken to Paris by order of Napoleon in 1801, were returned to the Holy See, between 1815 and 1817. This summary – all that remains of the Inquisition’s file on Bruno – contains extensive quotations from the court records.