Ildebrandino Conti was made bishop of Padua in 1319, by Pope John XXII, but he left the administration of the diocese to a vicar, staying in Avignon until 1332. While he remained in Avignon he probably was employed by a Roman political group in the Curia.
Again in 1342 he is in the service of the Avignonese court returning to his see in 1347. Petrarch received a canonry in the church of Padua in 1349. In 1351 Ildebrandino urged Petrarch not to go to Avignon. He asked Petrarch to ignore the message received by two cardinals (as Petrarch says in another letter two powerful bulls lording it over Christ's wide pastures) to abandon worldly ambition and avoid the rat race of curial responsibility of which the bishop himself already had ample experience. It turned out to be all in vain. Petrarch, while he went to Avignon to help his friends, did take Ildebrandino's advice on this. Ildebrandino himself died in Padua, November 2, 1352.
- Akadémiai Journals Collection
- Biblioteca Italiana Epystole sine nomine VIII
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- Index theologicus (IxTheo) Zeitschrifteninhaltsdienst Theologie der Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen