Councils of the Catholic Reformation: Pisa I (1409) to Trent (1545-63), 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Councils of the Catholic Reformation

Pisa I (1409) to Trent (1545-63), 1st Edition

By Nelson H. Minnich


362 pages

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This new collection by Nelson Minnich deals with the general councils of the Catholic Reformation in the late medieval and early modern periods. The volume opens with overviews of the various editions of and current scholarship on these general councils. Three studies then give special attention to the role of theologians in these councils: their changing legal status (consultative or deliberative voting rights) and their individual roles and those of the various theological schools in drafting the decrees. Another article examines the legal status of theologians accused of heresy and schism. Two examine the contest between the councils of Pisa-Milan-Asti-Lyon and Lateran V for legitimacy, studying in particular the contrasting image of Julius II (suspended for contumacy by Pisa but the strong leader of Lateran V) and the role ceremonies played in securing legitimacy. Last, there are three studies devoted to the Council of Trent: the status of the Protestants who came to the council, its debates on the priesthood of all believers, and the influence of Lateran V on its procedures, debates, and decrees.


’La cohérence de la démarche de l'historien est soulignée par le rapprochement de ces études en un seul volume, mettant en valeur une période où les questions conjoncturelles alimentent des débats ecclésiologiques structurels.’ Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique ’All of these essays are marked by nuanced analysis and excellent bibliographies. They are also helpful for understanding the implications of conciliar studies for current ecumenism and for future paths of research. This collection is certainly indispensable to specialists in conciliar studies and of high value to anyone who seeks to understand the deep continuities in Catholic reform efforts in the century and a half preceding the Council of Trent.’ Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; From Constance to Trent: a historical overview; The first printed editions of the modern councils: from Konstanz to Lateran V (1499-1526); The official edition (1521) of the 5th Lateran Council (1512-1517); The changing status of the theologians in the general councils of the West: Pisa (1409) to Trent (1545-1563); The voice of the theologians in general councils from Pisa to Trent; Wie in dem basilischen concilio den Behemen gescheen'? The status of the Protestants at the Council of Trent; The role of schools of theology in the Councils of the late medieval and Renaissance periods: Konstanz to Lateran V; Prophecy and the 5th Lateran Council (1512-1517); Rite convocare ac congregare procedereque: the struggle between the Councils of Pisa-Milan-Asti-Lyons and Lateran V; The images of Julius II in the Acta of the Councils of Pisa-Milan-Asti-Lyons (1511-12) and Lateran V (1512-17); The priesthood of all believers at the Council of Trent; The last 2 Councils of the Catholic Reformation: the influence of Lateran V on Trent; Index.

About the Author

Nelson H. Minnich is Professor in the Department of History, The Catholic University of America, USA

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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