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1st Edition

The Catholic Reformation

ISBN 9780415189156
Published September 9, 1999 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

The Catholic Reformation provides a comprehensive history of the 'Counter Reformation in early modern Europe. Starting from the middle ages, Michael Mullett clearly traces the continuous transformation of the Catholic religion in its structures, bodies and doctrine. He discusses the gain in momentum of Catholic renewal from the time of the Council of Trent, and considers the profound effect of the Protestant Reformation in accelerating its renovation.
This book explores how and why the Catholic Reformation occurred, stressing that moves towards restoration were underway well before the Protestant Reformation. Michael Mullett also shows the huge impact it had not only on the papacy, Church leaders and religious ritual and practice, but also on the lives of ordinary people - their culture, arts, attitudes and relationships.
Ranging across the continent, The Catholic Reformation is an indispensable new survey which provides a wide-ranging overview of the religious, political and cultural history of the time.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 ‘Reform in head and members’; Chapter 2 The Council of Trent and the Catholic Reformation; Chapter 3 New religious orders; Chapter 4 The papacy and the episcopate of the Catholic Reformation; Chapter 5 The impact of the Catholic Reformation; Chapter 6 The Catholic Reformation and the people; Chapter 7 The Catholic Reformation and the arts;

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'It is well written, eloquent and persuasive.' - TImes Literary Supplement

'An impressively broad range of geographical locations it serves an important function, offering a well-informed introduction to the history of institutional Catholic Reform.' - EHR