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. 85, No. 2, April

Accommodating High Churchmen: The Clergy of Sussex, 1700-1745
Accommodating High Churchmen: The Clergy of Sussex, 1700-1745. By Jeffrey S. Chamberlain. (Urbana and Chicago: The University of Illinois Press. 1997. Pp. xix, 192. $32.50.) Of the two best-known English churchmen of the eighteenth century, one spent...
Ad Cognitionem Scientiae Festinare: Gli Studi nell'Universita E Nei Conventi Di Padova Nei Secoli XIII E XIV
Ad cognitionem scientiae festinare: Gli studi nell'Universita e nei conventi di Padova nei secoli XIII e XIV By Paolo Marangon. Edited by Tiziana Pesenti. [Contributi alla storia dell'Universita di Padova, 31.] (Trieste: Edizione Lint. 1997. Pp. xxxiii,...
Bishop Francis Hodur: Biographical Essays
Bishop Francis Hodur: Biographical Essays. By Joseph Wieczerzak. Edited by Theodore L. Zawistowski. (Boulder: East European Monographs, No. DX. Distributed by Columbia University Press, New York. Also available from The Polish National Catholic History...
Byzantine Magic
Byzantine Magic. Edited by Henry Maguire. (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Distributed by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1995. Pp. vii, 187. $30.00.) The essays collected here were originally delivered...
Canon Law and Cloistered Women: Periculoso and Its Commentators, 1298-1545
Canon Law and Cloistered Women: Periculoso and Its Commentators, 12981545. By Elizabeth Makowski. [Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law, Volume 5.] (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press. 1997. Pp. x, 149. $46.95.) When...
Church and Revolution: Catholics in the Struggle for Democracy and Social Justice
Church and Revolution: Catholics in the Struggle for Democracy and Social Justice. By Thomas Bokenkotter. [Image Books.] (New York: Doubleday. 1998. Pp. xii, 580. $15.95 paperback.) How did the Catholic Church become a staunch defender of human rights...
Church Art and Architecture in the Low Countries before 1566
Church Art and Architecture in the Low Countries before 1566. By Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs. [Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, Vol. XXXVII.] (Kirksville, Missouri: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers. 1997. Pp. xii, 244. $65.00.) Bangs's book aims...
Der Religionsphilosoph Johannes Hessen (1889-1971): Ein Gelertenleben Zwischen Modernismus Und Linkskatholizismus
Der Religionspbilosoph Johannes Hessen (1889-1971): Ein Gelertenleben zwischen Modernismus und Linkskatholizismus. By Chrisoph Weber. [Beitrage zur Kirchen- und Kulturgeschichte, Band 1.] (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 1994. Pp. 693. $97.95.) The subject...
Dizionario Degli Istituti Di Perfezione
Dizionario degli Istuti di Perfezione. Edited by Guerrino Pelliccia and Giancarlo Rocca. Vol. IX: "Spiritualita-Vezelay." (Rome: Edizioni Paoline. 1997. Pp. xxvi, 1,960;17 colored plates.) These truly monumental volumes, undertaken in the wake of Vatican...
Early Christian Women and Pagan Opinion. the Power of the Hysterical Woman
Early Christian Women and Pagan Opinion. The Power of the Hysterical Woman. By Margaret Y MacDonald. (New York: Cambridge University Press. 1996. Pp. xiv, 276. $54.95 hardback; $19.95 paperback.) Feminist books have been appearing recently in great numbers,...
Early Russian Hagiography: The Lives of Prince Fedor the Black
Early Russian Hagiography: The Lives of Prince Fedor the Black. By Gail Lenhoff. [Slavistische Veroffentlichungen, Fachbereich Neuere Fremdsprachliche Philologien der Freien Universitat Berlin, Band 82.] (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. 1997. Pp. xi,...
For Faith and Fortune: The Education of Catholic Immigrants in Detroit, 1805-1925
For Faith and Fortune: The Education of Catholic Immigrants in Detroit, ISOS-1925. By JoEllen McNergney Vinyard. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 1998. Pp. xviii, 310. $49.95 clothbound; $18.95 paperback.) Make it local and the story is well told....
From Death to Rebirth: Ritual and Conversion in Antiquity
From Death to Rebirth: Ritual and Conversion in Antiquity. By Thomas M. Finn. (New York: Paulist Press. 1997. Pp. v, 286. $19.95 paperback.) One of the weaknesses with much writing about the history of early Christian practices is that parallels in Judaism-and...
From Peter to John Paul II
Saints s Sinners: A History of the Popes. By Eamon Duffy. (New Haven: Yale University Press.1997. Pp. ix, 326. $37.50 clothbound; $ 18.95 paperback.) The Papacy. By Paul Johnson. Edited by Michael Walsh. (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.1997. Pp. 224.)...
Guardian of America: The Life of James Martin Gillis
Guardian of America The Life of James Martin Gillis, CS.P By Richard Gribble, C.S.C. (New York; Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press. 1998. Pp. iv, 368. $22.95 paperback.) To underscore his belief that the "art of biography" had fallen on hard times, the...
Harold S. Bender, 1897-1962
Harold S Bender 1897-1962. By Albert N. Keim. (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press. 1998. Pp. 590. $23.99 paperback.) As the dominant intellectual and ecclesiastical leader of Mennonites in the United States in this century, Harold S. Bender has long...
Jews in the Notarial Culture: Latinate Wills in Mediterranean Spain, 1250-1350
Jews in the Notarial Culture: Latinate Wills in Mediterranean Spain, 12501350. By Robert I. Burns, SJ. (Berkeley: University of California Press. 1996. Pp. x, 267. $45.00.) In this fascinating volume, the reader enters the multilingual, multicultural...
Juan De Torquemada's Defense of the Conversos
In January of 1449 the city of Toledo rose up against an attempt by Alvaro de Luna, the favorite of the reigning king of Castile,Juan II, to impose a heavy tax on the city. This levy was intended to help Don Alvaro to defend his position against the...
Lehrbuch der Geschichte der Alten Kirche
Lehrbuch der Geschichte der Alten Kirche. By Karl Suso Frank, with the collaboration of Elisabeth Grunbeck. (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh. 1996. Pp. xxvii, 476. DM 98, -.) This volume is Schoningh's most recent successor to the famous Kirchengeschichte...
Le Silence Des Moines: Les Trappistes Au XIX Siecle, France-Algerie-Syrie
Late Modern European Le Silence des moines: Les Trappistes au XIX sidcle, France-Algerie-Syrie. By Bernard Delpal. (Paris: Beauchesne. 1998. Pp. vii, 612. 381FE) Bernard Delpal has assembled a vast amount of archival material about individual Trappist...
Liborius: Bruckenbauer Europas: Die Mittelalterlichen Viten Und Translationsberichte
Liborius: Bruckenbauer Europas: Die mittelalterlichen Viten und Translationsberichte. By Volker de Vry. (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh. 1997. Pp. xviii, 382. 88 DM.) To commemorate the alleged 1600th anniversary of the death of Bishop (St.) Liborius...
Martin Luther. Learning for Life
Martin Luther. Learning for Life. By Marilyn J. Harran [Concordia Scholarship Today.] (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House. 1997. Pp. 288. $16.99 paperback.) This is a very useful book, well researched and succinctly written. The author is a professor...
Mille Anni Di Storia dell'Archiabbazia Di Pannonhalma
Mille anni di storia dell Arciabbazia di Pannonhalma. Edited by Jozsef Pal and Adam Somorjai. (Rome and Pannonhalma: Accademia d'Ungheria in Roma and METEM. 1997. Pp. 233.) Since 1989 a growing number of Hungarian scholars have turned their attention...
Miracula Sancti Dominici Mandato Magistri Berengarii Collecta: Petri Calo Legendae Sancti Dominici
Miracula sancti Dominici mandato magistri Berengarii collecta: Petri Calo legendae sancti Dominici. Edited by Simon Tugwell, O.P [Monumenta Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum Historica, Volumen 26.] (Rome: Institutum Historicum Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum....
On the Padres' Trail
On the Padres' Trail. By Christopher Vecsey. [American Indian Catholics, Volume I.] (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. 1996. Pp. xvi,440. $50.00.) Vecsey's ambitious undertaking in this first volume of a three-volume series on American...
Painting on Glass: Studies in Romanesque and Gothic Monumental Art
Painting on Glass: Studies in Romanesque and Gothic Monumental Art. By Madeline Harrison Caviness. [Collected Studies Series.] (Brookfield, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing Company. 1997. Pp. XViii, 284. $159.95.) These fifteen essays profiling Caviness's...
People of God: A Centennial History of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, New Britain, Connecticut
People of God: A Centennial History of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, New Britain, Connecticut. By Daniel S. Buczek. (New Britain, Connecticut: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 158 Broad Street, 06053-4104. 1998. Pp. vi, 136. $15.00.) Although entitled People...
Pie XII et la Seconde Guerre Mondiale D'apres Les Archives Du Vatican
Pie XII et la Seconde Guerre mondiale d'apres les archives du Vatican. By Pierre Blet S.J. (Paris: Perrin. 1997. Pp. 342.) The death of Pius XII on October 9,1958, brought unanimous praise of his work for peace and relief of suffering during World War...
Relics, Prayer, and Politics in Medieval Venetia: Romanesque Painting in the Crypt of Aquileia Cathedral
Relics, Prayer, and Politics in Medieval Venetia: Romanesque Painting in the Crypt of Aquileia Cathedral. By Thomas E. A. Dale. (Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1997. Pp. xiv, 179; VIII color plates, and 160 black-and-- white figures. $79.50.)...
Religion and Politics in Spain: The Spanish Church in Transition, 1962-96
Religion and Politics in Spain: The Spanish Church in Transition, 1962-96. By Audrey Brassloff. (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc. 1998. Pp. xvii, 183. $65.00.) This brief but intense book examines one of the most crucial periods in the history of the...
Religion, Politics and Preferment in France since 1890: La Belle Epoque and Its Legacy
Religion, Politics and Preferment in France since 1890: La Belle Epoque and Its Legacy. By Maurice Larkin. (New York: Cambridge University Press. 1995. Pp. xiv, 249. $49.50.) Maurice Larkin, in the volume under review, adds significantly to our knowledge...
Remembering the Renaissance: Humanist Narratives of the Sack of Rome
Remembering the Renaissance:Humanist Narratives of the Sack of Rome. By Kenneth Gouwens. [Brill's Studies in Intellectual History. Vol. 85.] (Leiden: Brill. 1998. Pp. xix, 232. $85.50.) The year of the Lord 1527 is a pivotal date for students of Early...
Romano Guardini: A Precursor of Vatican II
Romano Guardini: A Precursor of Vatican II. By Robert A. Krieg, C.S.C. (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. 1997. Pp. vii, 270. $18.00 paperback.) The Italian-German theologian Romano Guardini (1885-1968) was an influential figure in...
Sacred Fictions: Holy Women and Hagiography in Late Antiquity
Sacred Fictions:Holy Women and Hagiography in Late Antiquity. By Lynda L. Coon. [The Middle Ages Series.] (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 1997. Pp. xiii, 228. $39.95.) The study of the saints has undergone a renaissance in the past twenty...
San Benito Y Los Benedictinos. Tome I: La Edad Media, 1 / Tome II: La Edad Media, 2 / Tome III: La Edad Moderna, 1 / and Others
San Benito y los Benedictinos. Tome I: La Edad Media, 1; Tome II: La Edad Media, 2; Tome III: La Edad Moderna, 1; Tome IV: La Edad Moderna, 2; Tome V: La Edad Contemporanea,1; Tome VI: La Edad Contemporanea, 2; Tomo VII: Cartografia; Tomo VIII: Indices....
Seeds of Struggle/Harvest of Faith: The Papers of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Cuarto Centennial Conference on the History of the Catholic Church in New Mexico
Seeds of Struggle/Harvest of Faith: The Papers of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Cuarto Centennial Conference on the History of the Catholic Church in New Mexico. Edited by Thomas J. Steele, SJ., Paul Rhetts, and Barbe Await. (Albuquerque: LPD...
Sharing the Bread in Service: Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 1891-1991
Sharing the Bread in Service: Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 1891-1991. By Patricia Lynch, S.B.S. (Bensalem, Pennsylvania [ 19020-8502]: Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. 1998. Pp. vi, 742.) Quite fortuitously, I happened to be doing some research...
"Songes of Rechelesnesse": Langland and the Franciscans
"Songes of Rechelesnesse Langland and the Franciscans. By Lawrence M. Clopper. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 1997. Pp. xviii, 368. $52.50.) Lawrence Clopper's "Songes of Rechelesnesse," a provocative, challenging, and fascinating book, is...
Spazi E Figure Lungo la Storia Dei Servi Di Santa Maria (Secoli XIII-XX)
Spazi e figure lungo la storia dei Servi di santa Maria (secoli XIII-XX). By Franco Andrea Dal Pino. [Italia Sacra: Studi e documenti di storia ecclesiastica, Vol. 55.] (Rome: Herder Editrice e Libreria. 1997. Pp. xxx, 760. Lire 188.000.) Franco Andrea...
The Burden of the Flesh: Fasting and Sexuality in Early Christianity
The Burden of the Flesh: Fasting and Sexuality in Early Christianity. By Teresa M. Shaw. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press. 1998. Pp. x, 298. $27.00 paperback.) Teresa Shaw explores a topic not always approached with either sympathy or style, and she offers...
The Catholic Crusade against the Movies, 1940-1975
The Catholic Crusade against the Movies, 1940-1975. By Gregory D. Black. (New York: Cambridge University Press. 1998. Pp. xi, 302. $59.95 cloth; $17.95 paperback.) In The Catholic Crusade against the Movies, 1940-1975, Gregory Black (professor of communication...
The Convent and the Community in Late Medieval England: Female Monasteries in the Diocese of Norwich, 1350-1540
The Convent and the Community in Late Medieval England Female Monasteries in the Diocese of Norwich, 1350-1540. By Marilyn Oliva. [Studies in the History of Medieval Religion, Vol. 12.] (Rochester, New York: The Boydell Press. 1998. Pp. xiv, 271. $90.00.)...
The Franciscan Preaching Tradition and Its Sixteenth-Century Legacy: The Case of Cornelio Musso
Recent scholarship on the changes that took place in early modern preaching has cited a number of Franciscans who were instrumental in the return to classical rhetorical models including Lorenzo Traversagni in the fifteenth century, Luca Baglione in...
The Idea of Natural Rights: Studies on Natural Rights, Natural Law and Church Law, 1150-1625
The Idea of Natural Rights: Studies on Natural Rights, Natural Law and Church Law, 1150-1625. By Brian Tierney. [Emory University Studies in Law and Religion, No. 5.] (Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press. 1997. Pp. xi, 380. $24.95 paperback.) It is given...
The Missionary Movement in American Catholic History
The Missionary Movement in American Catholic History. By Angelyn Dries, O.S.E [American Society of Missiology Series, No. 26.] (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. 1998. Pp. xviii, 398. $20.00 paperback.) Missionaries are foreign no more! Angelyn Dries...
Theophylact of Ochrid. Reading the Letters of a Byzantine Archbishop
Theophylact of Ochrid. Reading the Letters of a Byzantine Archbishop. By Margaret Mullett. [Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Monographs, Volume 2.] (Brookfield, Vermont: Variorum,, Ashgate Publishing Co. 1997. Pp. xviii, 441. $84.95.) Margaret Mullett...
The Parish in English Life, 1400-1600
The Parish in English Life, 1400-1600. Edited by Katherine L. French, Gary G. Gibbs, and Beat Kumin. (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press. Distributed by St. Martin's Press, Scholarly and Reference Division. 1997. Pp. xii, 276. $69.95.)...
The Pope's Elephant
The Pope's Elephant. By Silvio A. Bedini. (Manchester: Carcanet in association with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Discoveries Commission, Lisbon. 1997. Pp. x,302. L30.) Silvio Bedini's The Pope's Elephant charmingly tells the tale of a remarkable...
The Seventy-Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association
Report of the Co-Chairmen of the Committee on Program The Association met along with the American Historical Association at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels in Washington, D.C., between January 8 and 10, 1999. Despite the inclement...
The Trial of the Templars in Cyprus: A Complete English Edition
The Trial of the Templars in Cyprus: A Complete English Edition. By Anne Gilmour-Bryson. [The Medieval Mediterranean, Volume 17.] (Leiden: Brill. 1998. Pp. xvii, 502. Nlg 270/US$159.00.) The surviving records of the Templar trial in Cyprus in the early...
The Unread Vision. the Liturgical Movement in the United States of America: 1926-1955
The Unread Vision. The Liturgical Movement in the United States of America: 1926-1955. By Keith E Pecklers, SJ. (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press. 1998. Pp. xvii, 333. $24.95 paperback.) Professor Keith Pecklers of the Pontifical Liturgical...
Varieties of Religious Conversion in the Middle Ages
Medieval Varieties of Religious Conversion in the Middle Ages. Edited by James Muldoon. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida. 1997. Pp. vii, 208. $49.95.) The subject of this important anthology is conversion to Latin Christianity from alien cults,...
Virgin Martyrs: Legends of Sainthood in Late Medieval England
Virgin Martyrs: Legends of Sainthood in Late Medieval England. By Karen A. Winstead. (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. 1997. Pp. xiii, 201. $35.00.) If saints are supposed to be models, why were the most popular saints' lives in late medieval...
Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images
Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images. By David Morgan. (Berkeley: University of California Press. 1997. Pp. xviii, 265. $35.00.) David Morgan, an art historian at Valparaiso University, is concerned with how the most predictable...
Wayward Monks and the Religious Revolution of the Eleventh Century
Wayward Monks and the Religious Revolution of the Eleventh Century. By Phyllis G. Jestice. [Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Volume 76.] (Leiden: Brill. 1997. Pp. x, 309. $115.00.) Dr. Jestice has written a provocative and wide-ranging examination...
When It All Came Together: Bishop John J. Wright and the Diocese of Worcester, 1950-1959
I want to express my sincere gratitude to the members of the Association for allowing me to serve as president. I have drawn inspiration over a lifetime from the work of so many of you. When I was still a graduate student, more than thirty years ago,...
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