Trent: What Happened at the Council

Trent: What Happened at the Council

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by John W. O'Malley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674066979

ISBN-13: 9780674066977

Pub. Date: 01/15/2013

Publisher: Harvard

The Council of Trent (1545–1563), the Catholic Church’s attempt to put its house in order in response to the Protestant Reformation, has long been praised and blamed for things it never did. Now, in this first full one-volume history in modern times, John W. O’Malley brings to life the volatile issues that pushed several Holy Roman emperors, kings

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The Council of Trent (1545–1563), the Catholic Church’s attempt to put its house in order in response to the Protestant Reformation, has long been praised and blamed for things it never did. Now, in this first full one-volume history in modern times, John W. O’Malley brings to life the volatile issues that pushed several Holy Roman emperors, kings and queens of France, and five popes—and all of Europe with them—repeatedly to the brink of disaster.

During the council’s eighteen years, war and threat of war among the key players, as well as the Ottoman Turks’ onslaught against Christendom, turned the council into a perilous enterprise. Its leaders declined to make a pronouncement on war against infidels, but Trent’s most glaring and ironic silence was on the authority of the papacy itself. The popes, who reigned as Italian monarchs while serving as pastors, did everything in their power to keep papal reform out of the council’s hands—and their power was considerable. O’Malley shows how the council pursued its contentious parallel agenda of reforming the Church while simultaneously asserting Catholic doctrine.

Like What Happened at Vatican II, O’Malley’s Trent: What Happened at the Council strips mythology from historical truth while providing a clear, concise, and fascinating account of a pivotal episode in Church history. In celebration of the 450th anniversary of the council’s closing, it sets the record straight about the much misunderstood failures and achievements of this critical moment in European history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674066977
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/15/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
800,612
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Fifteenth-Century Prelude 23

2 The Struggle to Convoke the Council 49

3 The First Period, 1545-1547 77

4 The Middle Years, 1547-1562 127

5 The Council Resumes, 1562-1563 168

6 The Council Concludes 205

Epilogue 248

Appendix A The Twenty-Five Sessions of the Council of Trent 279

Appendix B The Tridentine Profession of Faith 283

Abbreviations 287

Notes 289

Acknowledgments 325

Index 327

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Trent: What Happened at the Council 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Theoj More than 1 year ago
A readable account of a confusing era. We sometimes think it was a totally holy gathering of a major event in the counter-reformation. The fact is it is lucky to have happened at all and even more so that the bishops were able to resolve anything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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