Church, Empire and World: The Quest for Universal Order, 1520–1640, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Church, Empire and World

The Quest for Universal Order, 1520–1640, 1st Edition

By John M. Headley


336 pages

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Hardback: 9780860786610
pub: 1997-10-30
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This volume, deriving from a broadly conceived interest in polity, seeks to emphasize the aspirations of church or an imperial system, to a more comprehensive, universal order. The period 1520-1640 affords notable examples in the context of renascence and reform, as the emerging territorial states or national monarchies, especially Spain, adopted some of the attributes traditionally associated with the Holy Roman Emperor. The articles presented here focus on the thought of leading individuals who contended with the universalizing theme in some form, whether as churchmen or statesmen - More, Luther, Gattinara, San Carlo Borromeo and Tommas Campanella - and concludes with Europe’s global expansion, both in thought and deed.


'This volume is a solid collection of good research and writing, important for European specialists because of its insistence on global understanding.' Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, No. 19

Table of Contents

Contents: Thomas More and Luther’s revolt; Luther and the problem of secularization; The Reformation as crisis in the understanding of tradition; ’Ehe Türckish als Bäpstisch’: Lutheran reflections on the problem of empire, 1623-28; The Habsburg world empire and the revivalof Ghibellinism; Germany, the empire and Monarchia in the thought and policy of Gattinara; Gattinara, Erasmus, and the imperial configurations of humanism; The Catholic/Counter Reformation reconsidered; Borromean reform in the empire? La Strada Rigorosa of Giovanni Francesco Bonomi; On reconstructing the citizenry: Campanella’s criticism of Aristotle’s Politics; Campanella, America and world evangelization; Spain’s Asian presence, 1565-1590: structures and aspirations; The 16th-century Venetian celebration of the earth’s total habitability: the issue of the fully habitable world for Renaissance Europe; Review article: the burden of European imperialisms, 1500-1800; Index.

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