Liturgy, Sanctity and History in Tridentine Italy: Pietro Maria Campi and the Preservation of the Particular

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This book brings together for the first time detailed analyses of Tridentine liturgical reform, Counter-Reformation sanctity and the late Renaissance 'revolution' in historical method. Thus it redraws traditional historical boundaries, and offers an original and challenging reappraisal of the relations between Rome and its local Italian churches during the 150 years after the closure of the Council of Trent in 1564. A fundamentally new context is also provided for the work of Cesare Baronio, 'father' of Counter-Reformation historical scholarship, and of his regional counterparts. The examination of the writings of one such local Baronio, Pietro Maria Campi of Piacenza (1569-1649), acts as a focus for this study, which also includes the fullest account yet published of Counter-Reformation canonisation procedure, as well as the first extended scholarly treatment of Ferdinando Ughelli's Italia sacra, together with that work's long-term implications for Italian national history writing. The book further provides a comprehensive survey of Italian local hagiography and ecclesiastical history writing of the period.
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"...Ditchfield's attempt at revisionism can be seen as confirming the general lines of the current ortodoxy, while introducing nuance and shade into some areas once depicted in harsh tones of white and (mostly) black." Nicholas Terpstra, Canadian Journal of History

"...Ditchfield has produced a learned and readbale book worthy of inclusion worthy of inclusion in this distinguished Cambridge series." William V. Hudon, The Journal of Religion

"For those with a serious interest in sixteenth and sevententh century Italy, it is a vlauable contribution that illuminates a whole world of concerns too often passed over brings to light new elements for the ongoing scholarly debate over the nature and role of historical research as practiced in early modern Europe." Gary Ianziti, American Historical Review

"...Ditchfield's Liturgy--a work which constitutes a major contribution to Italian historiograpy and, for this reviewer at least, a transforming experience." Dermot Fenlon, The Catholic Historical Review

"...abundantly detailed....Ditchfield has done a thorough--indeed, erudite job--of defining the scope and interests of ecclesiastical historiography and suggesting its impact on Italian historiography..." Frederick J. McGinness, Journal of Modern History

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Reform of liturgy and the reinvention of Historia sacra 17
3 Hagiography as liturgy in a local context: the Ecclesia Placentina riformanda 68
4 Continuity in change: towards a working definition of Tridentine hagiography 117
5 The early christian martyr 135
6 The aristocratic hermit 148
7 The well-born nun 181
8 The lay helper of the urban poor 195
9 The visionary shepherdess 204
10 The saintly pontiff 212
11 Historia sacra as 'redemptor ecclesiarum italicarum' 273
12 The ecclesiastical roots of national historiography: Ferdinando Ughelli's Italia sacra 328
Bibliography 361
Index 391
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