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- Why this fake? Because by that time the scholars began to wonder about the origins of the papacy. We are in the aftermath of the great schism of the West, and the Council of Constance
has singularly diminished the powers of the pope: it becomes important to establish that he is the successor of St. Peter, but no text indicates the coming of Peter in Rome, and one wondered how he would have died there so long before the persecutions began. Quite erudite, the secretary Poggio does not ignore the crimes whose history has charged the memory of Nero; the his invention is ingenious enough, since she has deceived everyone. But the coincidence of the discovery of the manuscript, at the precise moment when it was needed
, would be enough to make this little miracle suspect.
The text is therefore a fake…
(Guy Fau, La fable de Jésus-Christ
, p. 54 , my translation and my bold)
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.