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. 90, No. 1, January

A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair
A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair. By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 2002. Pp. 362. $25.00.)The Harvard political scientist, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of the...
A Social History of the Cloister: Daily Life in the Teaching Monasteries of the Old Regime
A Social History of the Cloister: Daily Life in the Teaching Monasteries of the Old Regime. By Elizabeth Rapley. [McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion.] (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. 2001. Pp. xv, 378. $49.95.)Professor Rapley's...
"Au Service De l'Eglise, De la Patrie et De la Famille": Femmes Catholiques et Maternite Sous la III^sup E^ Republique
"Au service de l'Eglise, de la Patrie et de la Famille": Femmes catholiques et maternite sous la IIP Republique. By Anne Cova. (Paris: L'Harmattan. 2000. Pp. 278. Paperback.)In the late nineteenth century the French Catholic Church had to confront several...
Bernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican
Bernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican. By Sarah McPhee. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 2003. Pp. xi, 353. $60.00.)To students of seventeenth-century Rome, the title of Sarah McPhee's book will bring to mind...
Burokratie Und Nepotismus Unter Paul V. (1605-1621): Studien Zur Fruhneuzeitlichen Mikropolitik in Rom
Burokratie und Nepotismus unter Paul V. (1605-1621): Studien zur fruhneuzeitlichen Mikropolitik in Rom. By Birgit Emich. [Papste und Papsttum, Band 30.] (Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann. 2001. Pp. xii, 475; 12 illustrations. DM 240,-.)Wolfgang Reinhard and...
"Che Sono Queste Novita?" le Religiones Novae in Italia Meridionale (Secoli XIII E XIV)
"Che sono queste novita?" Le religiones novae in Italia meridionale (secoli XIII e XIV). By Luigi Pellegrini. [Mezzogiorno medievale e moderno, 1.] (Naples: Liguori Editore. 2000. Pp.x, 403. euro19,63 paperback.)This volume is a collection of studies,...
Christ in Celtic Christianity: Britain and Ireland from the Fifth to the Tenth Century
Christ in Celtic Christianity: Britain and Ireland from the Fifth to the Tenth Century. By Michael W. Herren and Shirley Ann Brown. [Studies in Celtic History, XX.] (Rochester, New York: Boydell Press. 2002. Pp. xii, 319. $75.00.)This book examines the...
Christobal De Gentil De Rojas Y Spinola O.F.M. Und der Lutherische Abt Gerardus Wolterius Molanus: Ein Beitrag Zur Geschichte der Unionsbestrebungen der Katholischen Und Evangelischen Kirche Im 17. Jahrhundert
Christobal de Gentil de Rojas y Spinola O.EM. und der lutherische Abt Gerardus Wolterius Molanus: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Unionsbestrebungen der katholischen und evangelischen Kirche im 17. Jahrhundert. By Karin Masser. [Reformationsgeschichtliche...
Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation
Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation. By Terryl N. Kinder. [Cistercian Studies Series, No. 191.] (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications. 2002. Pp. 407. $70.00.)First of...
Dreadful Conversions: The Making of a Catholic Socialist
Dreadful Conversions: The Making of a Catholic Socialist. By John C. Cort. (New York: Fordham University Press. 2003. Pp. xvi, 355. $30.00.)We are lucky to have this memoir from John Cort. Born in 1913, Cort has been fighting the good fight for a very...
Dumbarton Oaks Papers: Number Fifty-Six, 2002
Dumbarton Oaks Papers:Number Fifty-Six, 2002. Edited by Alice-Mary Talbot. (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. 2003. Pp. vii, 324. $85.00.)Rarely are volumes of professional journals reviewed, but in this case, Dumbarton...
Erasmus in the Twentieth Century: Interpretations C. 1920-2000
Erasmus in the Twentieth Century: Interpretations c. 1920-2000. By Bruce Mansfield. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2003. Pp. xiv, 324. $70.00.)The title of this monograph by Professor Emeritus Bruce Mansfield is misleading because it is a survey...
Female Monastic Life in Early Tudor England. with an Edition of Richard Fox's Translation of the Benedictine Rule for Women, 1517
Female Monastic Life in Early Tudor England. With an Edition of Richard Fox's Translation of the Benedictine Rule for Women, 1517. Edited by Barry Collett. [The Modern English Woman 1500-1700: Contemporary Editions.] (Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing...
First Crusader: Byzantium's Holy Wars
Ancient and Medieval First Crusader: Byzantium's Holy Wars. By Geoffrey Regan. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2003. Pp. viii, 280. $29.95.)This popular history is worth reviewing in a scholarly journal only because its confused ideas of "crusade" and...
Four Irish Martyrologies: Drummond, Turin, Cashel, York
Four Irish Martyrologies:Drummond, Turin, Cashel, York. Edited by Padraig O Riain. [Henry Bradshaw Society, volume CXY] (Rochester, New York: The Boydell Press. 2002. Pp. xiv, 260. $60.00.)A friend of mine recently celebrated his saint's day in Barcelona....
Great Britain and the Holy See: The Diplomatic Relations Question, 1846-1852
Great Britain and the Holy see: The Diplomatic Relations Question, 1846-1852. By James P Flint, O.S.B. (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press. 2003. Pp xvii, 301. $39.95.)This is a delightful treatment, excellently researched, into...
Greenwich Village Catholics: St. Joseph's Church and the Evolution of an Urban Faith Community, 1829-2002
American Greenwich Village Catholics: St. Joseph's Church and the Evolution of an Urban Faith Community, 1829-2002. By Thomas J. Shelley. (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press. 2003. Pp. xvii, 306. $34.95 cloth.)A Saint Joseph's...
Honoring God and the City: Music at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807
Honoring God and the City: Music at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807. By Jonathan Glixon. (New York: Oxford University Press. 2003. Pp. xvii, 372.)Of all the Renaissance and early modern cities with active confraternities, Venice is the most extensively...
La Chiesa E Lo Sterminio Degli Ebrei
La Chiesa e Io sterminio degli ebrei. By Renato Moro. (Bologna: Societe editrice il Mulino. 2002. Pp. 216. euro12 paperback.)Pope Pius XII (1939-1958), praised effusively by world leaders and Jewish groups at his death, within half a decade was depicted...
La Croix and the Swastika: The Ambiguities of Catholic Responses to the Fall of France
Studies of Catholic identification with the authoritarian Vichy regime's professed mission of national moral renewal have devoted little attention to how the so-called "Marshal's pious parishioners"1 viewed the 1940 fall of France.2 Emphasizing political...
Latin American
Latin American The Guarani under Spanish Rule in the Rio de la Plata. By Barbara Ganson. (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. 2003. Pp. xiii, 290. $65.00.)Barbara Ganson is the first historian to understand the mission Guarani of Paraguay....
Lord Acton
Lord Acton. By Roland Hill. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 2000. Pp. xxv, 548. $39.95;£30 sterling.)This masterly volume has something of the grand proportions of its subject. John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902) was the descendant...
Manuscripts in Northumbria in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Manuscripts in Northumbria in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries. By Anne Lawrence-Mathers. (Rochester, New York: D. S. Brewer. 2003. Pp. xli, 308. $110.00;£60.)This is a book of considerable ambition setting out to "study the development of monastic...
Mgr Petit, Assomptionniste, Fondateur Des "Echos d'Orient", Archeveque Latin d'Athenes (1868-1927)
Mgr Petit, Assomptionniste, Fondateur des "Echos d'Orient", Archeveque Latin d'Athenes (1868-1927). Edited by Bernard Holzer, A.A. [Orientalia Christiana Analecta 266.] (Rome: Pontificio Istituto Orientale. 2002. Pp. 229.)This volume is a collection...
Missionary Saints of the High Middle Ages: Martyrdom, Popular Veneration, and Canonization
At the beginning of the thirteenth century, as missionaries were again leaving Europe in the hope of creating a Christian world, the idea of martyrdom cast a powerful spell. The church calendar still gave primary place to holy martyrs, who had accepted...
Monumenta Proximi-Orientis, VI: Egypte (1700-1773)
Monumenta Proximi-Orientis,VLEgypte (1700-1773). By Charles Libois, SJ. [Monumenta Historica Societatis lesu.Vol. 155; Monumenta Missionum Societatis Iesu, Vol. LXVII. Missiones Orientales.] (Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu. 2003. Pp. Ix,...
Notes and Comments
ConferencesA conference on "Women and American Religion" was held at the University of Chicago Divinity School on October 8-10, 2003. Among the papers presented were "Hail Mary Down by the Riverside: Black and White Catholic Women in Early America,"...
Obituaries: Charles W. Polzer
Charles W. Polzer, S. J., died of heart failure at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, on November 4, 2003, just before he was to enter the hospital for surgery on his colon. He was born in San Diego in 1931 and attended St. Augustine...
Obituaries: John Whitney Evans
John Whitney Evans, historian and retired faculty member at the College of St. Scholastica, died of congestive heart failure on July 14, 2002, in Duluth, Minnesota. On the third floor of the Scholastica library-most appropriately under a statue of Cardinal...
Obituaries: Jozef Altholz
Jozef Altholz died on August 2, 2003, of a massive heart attack after a long battle against lymphatic cancer. He was born in the Bronx on August 31, 1933. A Ph.D. from Columbia University, he had been a member of the Department of History at the University...
Obituaries: Richard J. Schiefen
Richard J. Schiefen, C.S.B., died in St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston, Texas, on November 14, 2003. Although he had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for two years, the cause of his death was heart failure. He was born on May 9, 1932, in Rochester, New...
Oliver Cromwell's Policy toward the English Catholics: The Appraisal by Diplomats, 1654-1658
For four years there were reports in western Europe concerning the persecution of the English Catholics by the Lord Protector, so that it was not unusual for the Catholic foreign diplomats residing in London to include their current views of their predicament...
Paul Cullen, John Henry Newman, and the Catholic University of Ireland, 1845-1865
Paul Cullen, John Henry Newman, and the Catholic University of Ireland, 1845-1865. By Colin Barr. (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. 2003. Pp. xv, 288. $30.00 paperback.)The story of the conception, structure, and early development...
Penitence, Preaching and the Coming of the Reformation
Early Modern European Penitence, Preaching and the Coming of the Reformation. By Anne T. Thayer. [St Andrews Studies in Reformation History] (Brookfield, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing Company. 2002. Pp. xiv, 226. $84.95.)Penance was the central sacrament...
Pio XII Tra Guerra E Pace: Profezia E Diplomazia Di Un Papa (1939-1945)
Pio XII tra guerra epace:profezta e diplomazta di un papa (1939-1945). By Matteo Luigi Napolitano. [I volti della storia, Vol. 12.] (Rome: Citta Nuova Editrice. 2002. Pp. 296. euro18,00.)Matteo Luigi Napolitano (b. 1962), an expert on church and state...
Reform before the Reformation. Vincenzo Querini and the Religious Renaissance in Italy
Reform before the Reformation. Vincenzo Querini and the Religious Renaissance in Italy. By Stephen D. Bowd [Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought, Volume LXXXVII.] (Leiden: Brill. 2002. Pp. xvi, 267. euro74; US $86.00.)When one thinks of reform...
Religion, Politics and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Belfast: The Pound and Sandy Row
Late Modern European Religion, Politics and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Belfast: The Pound and Sandy Row. By Catherine Hirst. (Dublin: Four Courts Press. Distributed in the U.S.A. by ISBS, Portland, Oregon. 2002. Pp. 223. $39.50.)This work sets out...
Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945
Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945. By Steven Merritt Miner. (Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press. 2003. Pp. 407. $55.00.)Steven Merritt Miner, professor of history in Ohio University,...
The Eagle and the Cross: Jesuits in Late Baroque Prague
The Eagle and the Cross: Jesuits in Late Baroque Prague. By Paul Shore. [No. 16 in Series 3: Original Studies Composed in English.] (St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources. 2002. Pp. xiii, 267. $22.95 paperback.)It is a difficult task to study the old...
The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home: Explorations in North American Cultural History
The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home:Explorations in North American Cultural History. Edited by Daniel H. Bays and Grant Wacker. (Tuscaloosa and London: The University of Alabama Press. 2003. Pp. xi, 343. $60.00.)The scholarly community has often...
The Legend of St Brendan: A Critical Bibliography
The Legend of St Brendan:A Critical Bibliography. By Glyn S. Burgess and Clara Strijbosch. (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. 2000. Pp. xii, 287. $23.50.)St. Brendan, an Irish monk of Munster ancestry, was born toward the end of the fifth century and died...
The Obedientiaries of Westminster Abbey and Their Financial Records, Ca. 1275-1540
The Obedientiaries of Westminster Abbey and their Financial Records, ca. 1275-1540. By Barbara Harvey. [WestminsterAbbey Record Series III.] (Rochester, New York: Boydell Press. 2002. Pp. Ixii, 270. $110.00.)Barbara Harvey, a fellow of Somerville College,...
Theology, Rhetoric, and Politics in the Eucharistic Controversy, 1078-1079: Alberic of Monte Cassino against Berengar of Tours
Theology, Rhetoric, and Politics in the Eucharistic Controversy, 1078-1079: Alberic of Monte Cassino Against Berengar of Tours. By Charles M. Radding and Francis Newton. (New York: Columbia University Press. 2003. Pp. xiv, 197. $49.50 clothbound; $18.50...
The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 1530s
The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 153Os. By R. W. Hoyle. (New York: Oxford University Press. 2001. Pp. xvi, 487.)Of all the rebellions that troubled Tudor England, the Pilgrimage of Grace (1536-37) was the most extensive and potentially...
The Premonstratensian Order in Late Medieval England
The Premonstratensian Order in Late Medieval England. By Joseph A. Gribbin. [Studies in the History of Medieval Religion, Volume XVI.] (Rochester, New York: The Boydell Press. 2001. Pp. xx, 283. $75.00.)Between 1458 and 1503 the Premonstratensian Order...
"Three Cheers for the Abolitionist Pope!": American Reaction to Gregory Xvi's Condemnation of the Slave Trade, 1840-1860
In December, 1839, Pope Gregory XVI issued In Supremo, an apostolic letter that condemned the slave trade in the strongest possible terms. he published the statement at the prompting of the British government, which had been campaigning for years to...
Trent and All That: Renaming Catholicism in the Early Modern Era
Trent and All That: Renaming Catholicism in the Early Modern Era. By John W. O'Malley. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 2000. Pp. x, 219. $24.95 clothbound; $19.95 paperback.)Despite its slightly flippant main title, Father O'Malley...
With Bound Hands: A Jesuit in Nazi Germany. the Life and Selected Prison Letters of Alfred Delp
With Bound Hands: A Jesuit in Nazi Germany. The Life and Selected Prison Letters of Alfred DeIp. By Mary Frances Coady. (Chicago: Loyola Press. 2003. Pp. xv, 239. $13.95 paperback.)Well known in Germany, where numerous streets and schools bear his name,...
Women and the Church in Medieval Ireland, C. 1140-1540
Women and the Church in Medieval Ireland, c. 1140-1540. By Dianne Hall. (Dublin: Four Courts Press. Distributed in the United States by ISBS, Portland, Oregon. 2003. Pp. 252. $50.00.)This excellent first book attempts the near-impossible task of reconstructing...

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