The Catholic Historical Review

The Catholic Historical Review is a magazine on all areas of church history. Founded in 1915, it is a quarterly publication published by CUA Press.The editor is Nelson Minnich.

Articles from Vol. 89, No. 3, July

American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism
American American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism. By Dean Grodzins. (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. 2002. Pp. xv, 632. $39.95.)Among American religious movements, Transcendentalism stirs nearly continual scholarly...
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Between Islam and Catholicism: Bosnian Franciscan Missionaries in Turkish Hungary, 1584-1716
The work of the Bosnian Franciscan missionaries represents a peculiar episode in the history of Catholic renewal in Central Europe. By studying these developments, we may become acquainted with the manner in which the various denominations and nationalities...
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Confronting the "Totalitarian Antichrist": Christopher Dawson and Totalitarianism
Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) is usually studied today as the twentieth century's premier British Roman Catholic historian or as a precocious cultural anthropologist.1 Yet, as Russell Kirk noted in 1984, Dawson was also "one of the principal social...
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Cyprian the Bishop
Ancient and Medieval Cyprian the Bishop. By J. Patout Burns, Jr. (London and New York: Routledge. 2002. Pp. xi, 240. $29.95 paperback.)Burns's monograph is concentrated on the development of the theology of Cyprian in the middle of the third century,...
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Die Heiligenerhebung Bennos Von Mei[beta]en (1523/24): Spatmittelalterliche Frommigkeit, Landesherrliche Kirchenpolitik Und Reformatorische Kritik Im Albertinischen Sachsen in der Fruhen Reformationszeit
Early Modern European Die Heiligenerhebung Bennos von Mei[beta]en (1523/24): Spatmittelalterliche Frommigkeit, landesherrliche Kirchenpolitik und reformatorische Kritik im albertinischen Sachsen in der fruhen Reformationszeit. By Christoph Volkmar. [Reformationsgeschichtliche...
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English Episcopal Acta, 19: Salisbury, 1078-1217
English Episcopal Acta, 19: Salisbury, 1078-1217. Edited by B. R. Kemp. (New York: Oxford University Press, for The British Academy. 1999. Pp. cxxiii, 213. $74.00.)Episcopal acta are the documented decisions of medieval bishops regarding a variety of...
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Father Francis M. Craft: Missionary to the Sioux
Father Francis M. Craft: Missionary to the Sioux. By Thomas W. Foley. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 2002. Pp. xvii, 197; 2 maps; 17 photos. $45.00 cloth.)Following the Civil War, the United States government undertook a massive reform of its...
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Gender, Coeducation, and the Transformation of Catholic Identity in American Catholic Higher Education
Much of the recent scholarship on American Catholic higher education in the twentieth century has focused on the demise of a unified Catholic intellectual tradition and the growing secularism and dependency upon laity in Catholic institutions. While...
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Gottes Spurensucher. Zwanzig Christliche Profile der Neuzeit
Gottes Spurensucher. Zwanzig christliche Profile der Neuzeit. By Victor Conzemius. (Freiburg: Herder. 2002. Pp. 327. euro29.90.)Students of nineteenth- and twentieth-century church history are heavily indebted to the Luxembourg priest, long resident...
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Hatred in Print: Catholic Propaganda and Protestant Identity during the French Wars of Religion
Hatred in Print: Catholic Propaganda and Protestant Identity during the French Wars of Religion. By Luc Racaut. [St Andrews Studies in Reformation History.] (Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing. 2002. Pp. xiv, 161. $74.95.)No one today questions...
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Inquisition and Power. Catharism and the Confessing Subject in Medieval Languedoc
Inquisition and Power. Catharism and the Confessing Subject in Medieval Languedoc. By John H. Arnold (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2001. Pp. ix, 311.)John Arnold has chosen as his epigraph this passage from T.J. Jackson Lears:Studying...
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Interpretations of Church and State in Cuba, 1959-1961
Unrestrained excitement greeted Fidel Castro when he entered Havana on January 8, 1959. More than any other leader of the revolutionary forces, he personified Cuba's potential to become a progressive and democratic republic. Castro's immense popularity...
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I Nuovi Perseguitati: Indagine Sulla Intolleranza Anticristiana Nel Nuevo Secolo del Martirio
General I nuovi perseguitati: Indagine sulla intolleranza anticristiana nel nuevo secolo del martirio. By Antonio Socci. (Casale Montferrato: Edizioni Piemme, 2002. Pp. 160. euro8,90 paperback.)This book is concerned with the persecution of Christians...
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Litterae Missionariorum De Hungaria et Transilvania (1572-1717)
Litterae missionariorum de Hungaria et Transilvania (1572-1717), Vol. I. Edited by Istvan Gyorgy Toth. [Bibliotheca Academiae Hungariae, Roma, Fontes 4.] (Rome-Budapest: History Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 2002. Pp. 756. 3000 Forint.)This...
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Lost for Words?-Brazilian Liberationism in the 1990s
Lost for Words?-Brazilian Liberationism in the 1990s. By Goetz Frank Ottmann. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2002. Pp. ix, 227. $39.95.)Liberation Theology has been, in many quarters, dismissed as a thing of the past, a radical theological...
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Luis Martin Garcia, the Jesuit General of the Modernist Crisis (1892-1906): On Historical Criticism
IntroductionIt is of very great importance to . . . see that the art of history . . . be no longer made the instrument of great harm. . . . Upright men, well versed in this branch of knowledge, are required to undertake the writing of history . . . for...
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Mademoiselle De Joncoux: Polemique Janseniste a la Veille De la Bulle Unigenitus
Mademoiselle de Joncoux: Polemique Janseniste a la veille de la bulle Unigenitus. By F. Ellen Weaver. (Paris: Les Editions du Cerf. 2002. Pp. 359. euro25 paperback.)This scholarly biography explores the life and work of an author whose contributions...
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Notes and Comments
Association NewsThe president of the American Catholic Historical Association, Bernard McGinn, has appointed Augustine Thompson, O.P., of the University of Virginia, to the Committee on the John Gilmary Shea Prize for a three-year term. The committee...
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Paris: Capitale Religieuse Sous le Second Empire
Late Modern European Paris: Capitale religieuse sous le Second Empire. By Jacques-Olivier Boudon. [Histoire religieuse de la France, Vol. 18] (Paris: Les Editions du Cerf. 2001. Pp. 560. euro30.)In the famous phrase of Walter Benjamin, Paris was "the...
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Popes and Politics: Reform, Resentment, and the Holocaust
Popes and Politics: Reform, Resentment, and the Holocaust. By Justus George Lawler. (New York: Continuum Publishing Group. 2002. Pp. 252. $24.95.)This is a disappointing book. With all of the controversy over Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust, one would...
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Religion and Public Life: The Legacy of Monsignor John A. Ryan
Religion and Public Life: The Legacy of Monsignor John A. Ryan. Edited by Robert G. Kennedy, Mary Christine Athans, Bernard V. Brady, William C. McDonough, and Michael J. Naughton. (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. 2001. Pp. vi, 384. Paperback.)This...
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Religious Warfare in Europe, 1400-1536
Religious Warfare in Europe, 1400-1536. By Norman Housley. (New York: Oxford University Press. 2002. Pp. ix, 238.)Norman Housley, who has already published extensively on the crusades in the later Middle Ages, has now written an analysis of the relation...
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Santa Margarita De Cortona Asistencia: A Forgotten Missionary Foundation along California's El Camino Real
Weber, Francis J. Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia: A Forgotten Missionary Foundation Along California's El Camino Real. (Mission Hills, California: Saint Francis Historical Society. 2003. Pp. 45. $7.00 paperback.)Monsignor Weber, noted historian...
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Say Little, Do Much: Nurses, Nuns, and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century
Say Little, Do Much: Nurses, Nuns, and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century. By Sioban Nelson. [Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving.] (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2001. Pp. v, 237. $55.00.)Sioban Nelson's study of Catholic women...
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Selling the Church: The English Parish in Law, Commerce, and Religions, 1350-1550
Selling the Church: The English Parish in Law, Commerce, and Religions, 1350-1550. By Robert C. Palmer. (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. 2002. Pp. xiii, 330. $49.95.)In this fascinating account of the English parish from a legal...
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Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810
Latin American Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810. By Ronald J. Morgan. (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press. 2002. Pp. x, 238. $45.00.)Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810, develops a topic...
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Spies in the Vatican: Espionage & Intrigue from Napoleon to the Holocaust
Spies in the Vatican: Espionage & Intrigue from Napoleon to the Holocaust. By David Alvarez. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 2002. Pp. ix, 341. $34.95.)There are few studies in English, or any other language, of the surveillance operations...
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St. Agnes Chapel of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York 1892-1943
St. Agnes Chapel of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York 1892-1943. By Francis J. Sypher, Jr. (New York: Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York. 2002. Pp. 160. $20.00.)This is a gem of a book. Although small in size-the text...
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The Crusades: The Essential Readings
The Crusades: The Essential Readings. Edited by Thomas F. Madden. [Blackwell Essential Readings in History.] (Williston, Vermont: Blackwell Publishing. 2002. Pp. xii, 276; 2 maps. $62.95 hardback; $26.95 paperback.)This volume is part of Blackwell's...
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The General Councils: A History of the Twenty-One Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II
Bellitto, Christopher M. The General Councils: A History of the Twenty-One Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II. (Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press. 2002. Pp. xi, 156. $16.95 softcover.)In this compact volume, Christopher Bellitto offers a concise...
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The Latin Chronicle of the Kings of Castile
The Latin Chronicle of the Kings of Castile. Translated with an introduction and notes by Joseph F. O'Callaghan. [Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Volume 236.] (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University....
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The New Jesuit Historical Encyclopedia
THE NEW JESUIT HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA Diccionario Historico de la Compania de Jesus. Edited by Charles E. O'Neill, S.J., and Joaquin M. Dominguez, S.I. 4 vols. (Rome: Institutum Historicum S.I.; Madrid: Universidad Pontificia Comillas. 2001. Pp. 980;...
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The Register of William Melton, Archbishop of York, 1317-1340
The Register of William Melton, Archbishop of York, 1317-1340, Volume V. Edited by T. C. B. Timmins. [The Canterbury and York Society, Vol. XCIII.] (Rochester, New York: The Boydell Press. 2002. Pp. x, 241. $50.00.)This fifth volume (Capitula) of Melton's...
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Uncommon Women, Unmarked Trails: The Courageous Journey of Catholic Missionary Sisters in Frontier Montana
Schreins, Suzanne H. Uncommon Women, Unmarked Trails: The Courageous Journey of Catholic Missionary Sisters in Frontier Montana. (Norman, Oklahoma: Horse Creek Publications. 2003. Pp. viii, 118. $15.95 paperback.)In her introduction to Uncommon Women,...
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Visualizing Women in the Middle Ages: Sight, Spectacle, and the Scopic Economy
Visualizing Women in the Middle Ages: Sight, Spectacle, and the Scopic Economy. By Madeline H. Caviness (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2001. Pp. x, 231. $55.00.)Madeline H. Caviness spent the first several decades of her career writing...
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Wilhelm II. Und Die Religion: Facetten Einer Personlichkeit Und Ihres Umfelds
Wilhelm II. und die Religion: Facetten einer Personlichke it und ihres Umfelds. Edited by Stefan Samerski. [Forschungen zur Brandenburgischen und Preussischen Geschichte, neue Folge, Beiheft 5.] (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. 2001. Pp. 320. DM 138.00...
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Women in the Premonstratensian Order of Northwestern Germany, 1120-1250
Written sometime before 1226, Jacques de Vitry's description of the Premonstratensian order is frequently cited as evidence of the harsh treatment of women within the order.1 Although initially celebratory, de Vitry revealed that during his lifetime...
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