Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Il Paradigma Tridentino: Un'epoca Della Storia Della Chiesa

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Il Paradigma Tridentino: Un'epoca Della Storia Della Chiesa

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Il paradigma tridentino: Un'epoca della storia della Chiesa. By Paolo Prodi. (Brescia: Morcelliana. 2010. Pp. 232. euro18,00 paperback. ISBN 978-88-372-2462-2.)

During a long and eminent career Paolo Prodi has published copiously on the history of the Church in its broadest sense. He has arguably become the most influential of Italian historians writing on the subject at the present day, certainly as far as the early-modern period is concerned. Because the evolution of the papacy is central to his research, his vision of ecclesiastical history is not confined to that within the Italian peninsula; and this wider perspective is fortified, via his association with Trent as well as Bologna, by his awareness of German scholarship in particular. So, too, his early studies under Hubert Jedin have left a positive legacy, adjusting in his own case the tradition among Italian historians of using legal history as at least a common starting point for their arguments. In this elegant volume he effectively reviews in the light of the most recent research, often by much younger scholars in Italy and elsewhere, some of the topics on which he has published earlier or later in his own career. These include, in addition to the history of the papacy, Catholic reform and Counter-Reformation, the Council of Trent and the experience of postconciliar bishops, Church-state relations, the relationship between law and religious morality, lay religious culture, religious orders, and overseas missions. Where his own views have been modified to a degree, as over the relative importance of the early-modern papacy's temporal government of the Papal States with respect to the other roles performed by popes, he here confirms such modification. …

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