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Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Italy

Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Italy

by Christopher Black


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Many Italians in the early sixteenth century challenged Church authority and orthodoxy, stimulated by religious 'Reformation' debates and the lack of agreement on alternatives to Rome's leadership. This book surveys and analyses the various positive and negative responses which led to a re-formation of Church institutions, and parish life for the lay population, especially after the Council of Trent in 1563.

Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Italy:
- discusses the roles of bishops and parochial clergy, seminaries and religious education
- examines religious orders and lay confraternities, particularly in relation to 'good works' or philanthropy
- explains the varied uses of the visual arts, music, processions and festivities to enthuse and educate the laity
- pays special attention to two controversial issues: the Inquisition's role and the stricter enclosure of nuns

Comprehensive yet approachable, Christopher F. Black's volume incorporates diverse religious practices and experiences, and explores the successes and failures of reform throughout mainland Italy during a period of religious and social upheaval.

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ISBN-13: 9780333618455
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 11/13/2004
Series: European Studies
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 315
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER F. BLACK is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Maps.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Religious Crises and Challenges in Early Sixteenth-Century Italy.- The Council of Trent and Bases for Continuing Reform.- Centre and Peripheries: The Papacy, Congregations, Religious Orders.- Episcopal Leadership.- Parish Priests and Parishioners.- Religious Education.- Confraternities, Hospitals and Philanthropy.- Nunneries and Religious Women.- Repression and Control.- Churches, Cultural Enticement and Display.- Conclusion: Successes and Failures.- Popes in Early Modern Europe.- Appendix: The Italian Bishoprics.- A Brief Reading Guide.- Bibliography.- Index.

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Black offers a thoughtful summary of the principal issues facing the post-Tridentine Italian Church...a helpful resource for student and teacher alike'. - Clare Ashdowne, Ecclesiastical History

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