The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation by Alexandra Bamji, Geert H. Janssen, Mary Laven

By Alexandra Bamji, Geert H. Janssen, Mary Laven

Within the final twenty years, the heritage of the Counter-Reformation has been stretched and re-shaped in several instructions. Reflecting the range and innovation that signify reports of early sleek Catholicism at the present time, this quantity comprises themes as different as lifestyles cycle and group, technological know-how and the senses, the acting and visible arts, fabric items and print tradition, battle and the country, sacred landscapes and concrete buildings. in addition, it demanding situations the normal chronological parameters of the Counter-Reformation and introduces the reader to the most recent learn on worldwide Catholicism.The Ashgate examine better half to the Counter-Reformation provides a finished exam of modern scholarship on early smooth Catholicism in its many guises. It examines how the Tridentine reforms encouraged clash and conversion, and evaluates lives and identities, spirituality, tradition and spiritual switch. This wide-ranging and unique learn consultant is a different source for students and scholars of eu and transnational historical past.

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The experience of the Catholic minority was different from that of the Catholic majority; the ‘special circumstances’ experienced by Catholics living in Baroque Hungary 13 See p. 333. See also Michael Edwards: ‘There was no one “Catholic” approach to learning in this period, and no one set of characteristics that defined a Catholic approach to philosophy, theology, medicine or any of the other academic disciplines’ (p. 302). 14 See p. 173. 15 See p. 123. 9 The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation as they emerged from Turkish occupation (Shore) produced a different kind of militancy from that nurtured in areas where the opposition was Christian (Lotz-Heumann, Pettegree, Janssen); the identities of Catholics in Asia and the New World were defined in relation (not necessarily opposition) to pre-existing beliefs and practices (Vélez, Alberts, Walsham, Melvin).

This volume of essays was later translated into German and published in Berlin in 2001. 19 Adriano Prosperi, Tribunali della coscienza: inquisitori, confessori, missionari (Turin, 1996). This was reprinted in 2009, with a new preface that shows even more clearly the modern-day relevance of the book’s theme to the author. See also Ditchfield, ‘Of Dancing Cardinals’, p. 387. 20 Michela Catto, Un panopticon catechistico: l’arciconfraternità della dottrina cristiana a Roma in età moderna (Rome, 2003).

E. Cardinalis tit. S. Praxedis Archiepiscopis egit, ed. P. Galesini (Milan, 1582). Discussed in Enrico Cattaneo, ‘La singolare fortuna degli Acta Ecclesiae Mediolanensis’, La Scuola Cattolica, 111 (1983): 191–217. On the role and influence of Borromeo on the global expansion of Roman Catholicism see my article, on which the following section draws: ‘San Carlo Borromeo in the Construction of Roman Catholicism as a World Religion’, Studia Borromaica, 25 (2011): 3–23. 24 See John Alexander, From Renaissance to Counter-Reformation: The Architectural Patronage of Carlo Borromeo during the Pontificate of Pius IV (Milan, 2007), p.

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