An important aspect of the Italian Renaissance was church reform. This book examines the nature of that reform - especially in Venice, Florence and Rome - as viewed through the unpublished manuscripts of a Venetian nobleman who became a Camaldolese hermit: Vincenzo Querini (1478-1514). This book sets Querini's personal journey to reform in the context of Venetian society, as well as against the backdrop of political crisis, cultural revival, and monastic renaissance in Italy generally. Querini's attempt to reform himself, the Roman Catholic Church, and the whole of Christendom are of interest to historians seeking to revise the chronology of early modern church reform since he employed a range of scriptural, humanist, conciliar, monastic, and mystical methods that had medieval antecedents but were also imitated by reformers after the Reformation.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions Series , #87|
|Product dimensions:||6.48(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.93(d)|
About the Author
Stephen D. Bowd Ph.D. (1998) in History, University of Edinburgh, is Lecturer in History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published on humanism, prophecy, and church reform in Italy during the Renaissance.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1. The Contemplative in Action
2. Personal Reform: How to Be a Renaissance Hermit
3. Monastic Reform
4. Reform by Council
5. Reform by the Word and by the Sword
6. Prophecy and Reform
7. Catholicism and Reform