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. 102, No. 2, 2016

"A Decision That Spits in the Face of Our History": Catholics and the Midcentury Fight over Public Prayer and Bible Reading
"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country."1 Children attending school in seven public districts in Nassau County, New York, in the late 1950s began their days...
A History of Science, Magic, and Belief: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe
A History of Science, Magic, and Belief: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe. By Steven P. Marrone. (New York: Palgrave. 2015. Pp. xvi, 317. $34.00 paperback. ISBN 978-1-137-02978-2.)Steven Marrone begins this useful survey by declaring that the early-modern...
Andrew Melville (1545-1622). Writings, Reception, and Reputation
Andrew Melville (1545-1622). Writings, Reception, and Reputation. Edited by Roger A. Mason and Steven J. Reid. [St Andrews Studies in Reformation History.] (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. 2014. Pp. xvi, 306. $134.95. ISBN 978-1-4094-2693-6.)This...
Augustine and the Catechumenate
Augustine and the Catechumenate. Rev. ed. By William Harmless, S.J. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press. 2014. Pp. xxxviii, 476. S39.95 paperback. ISBN 978-08146-6314-1.)For readers of the popular first edition (Collegeville, MN, 1995), this revision,...
Confidence and Crisis: A History of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1959-1977
Confidence and Crisis: A History of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1959-1977. By Steven M. Avella. [Urban Life Series, no. 7.] (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press. 2014. Pp. 344. $24.00. ISBN 978-0-87462-086-3.)When does "the past" become "history"?...
Cosmas of Prague: Narrative, Classicism, Politics
Cosmas of Prague: Narrative, Classicism, Politics. By Lisa Wolverton. (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press. 2014. Pp. xviii, 307. S65.00 clothbound, ISBN 978-0-8132-2691-0; ISBN 978-0-8132-2692-7 e-book.)This book is the second monograph...
Cristiani Entro E Oltre Gli Imperi: Saggi Su Terre E Chiese d'Oriente
GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS Cristiani entro e oltre gli Imperi: Saggi su Terre e Chiese d'Oriente. By Giorgio Fedalto. (Verona: Casa Editrice Mazziana. 2014. Pp. 991. euro68,50. ISBN 978-8897243-16-8.)Giorgio Fedalto, a priest of the Patriarchate of Venice,...
Envisioning the Bishop: Images and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages
MEDIEVAL Envisioning the Bishop: Images and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages. Edited by Sigrid Danielson and Evan A. Gatti. [Medieval Church Studies, Vol. 29.] (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols. 2014. Pp. xx, 448. euro110,00. ISBN 978-2-50354799-2.)Envisioning...
Espace Sacré, Mémoire Sacrée: Le Culte Des éVêques Dans Leurs Villes (IVe-XXe Siècle). Actes Du Colloque International De Tours 10-12 Juin 2010
Espace sacré, mémoire sacrée: Le culte des évêques dans leurs villes (IVe-XXe siècle). Actes du colloque international de Tours 10-12 juin 2010. Edited by Christine Bousquet-Labouérie and Yossi Maurey. [Hagiologia: Etudes sur la Sainteté en Occident-Studies...
Following Zwingli: Applying the Past in Reformation Zurich
Following Zwingli: Applying the Past in Reformation Zurich. Edited by Luca Baschera, Bruce Gordon, and Christian Moser. [St Andrews Studies in Reformation Histone] (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. 2014. Pp. x, 300. $134.95. ISBN 978-0-7546-6796-4.)In...
From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt: Religion, Identity and Politics after the Arab Conquest
From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt: Religion, Identity and Politics after the Arab Conquest. By Maged S. A. Mikhail. [Library of Middle East History, vol. 45.] (London: I. B. Tauris; distrib. Palgrave. 2014. Pp. xiii, 429. S100.00. ISBN 978-1-848-85938-8.)Maged...
From England to France: Felony and Exile in the High Middle Ages
From England to France: Felony and Exile in the High Middle Ages. By William Chester Jordan. (Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2015. Pp. xii, 223. $39.50. ISBN 978-0-691-16495-3.)Using more than 2000 recorded cases of abjuration from England and...
God and Uncle Sam: Religion and America's Armed Forces in World War II
God and Uncle Sam: Religion and America's Armed Forces in World War II. By Michael Snape. (Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer. 2015. Pp. xxiv, 704. $50.00. ISBN 978-1-843-83892-0.)Michael Snape is the Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies at...
God's Traitors: Terror & Faith in Elizabethan England
God's Traitors: Terror & Faith in Elizabethan England. By Jessie Childs. (New York: Oxford University Press. 2014. Pp. xxiv, 443. $29.95 clothbound, ISBN 9780-19-939235-3; $13.19 ebook, ISBN 978-0-19-939237-7.)Jessie Childs brings to us, with vivid...
Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity
ANCIENT Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity. Edited by Eric Rebillard and Jörg Rüpke. [CUA Studies in Early Christianity'.] (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press. 2015. Pp. viii, 331. $65.00. ISBN 978-8-13-22743-6.)This...
In Search of Sacred Time: Jacobus De Voragine and the Golden Legend
In Search of Sacred Time: Jacobus de Voragine and The Golden Legend. By Jacques Le Goff. Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane. (Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2014. Pp. xviii, 214. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-691-15645-3.)For the past two decades, the Golden...
Les Missions Du Minnesota: Catholicisme et Colonisation Dans l'Ouest Américain, 1830-1860
Les missions du Minnesota: Catholicisme et colonisation dans l'Ouest américain, 1830-1860. By Tangi Villerbu. [Des Amériques.] (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. 2014. Pp. 333. euro21,00 paperback. ISBN 978-2-7535-3554-1.)In the three decades...
Master of Penance: Gratian and the Development of Penitential Thought and Law in the Twelfth Century
Master of Penance: Gratian and the Development of Penitential Thought and Law in the Twelfth Century. By Atria A. Larson. [Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law, Vol. 11.] (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press. 2014. Pp....
Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America
Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America. Edited by Anna Harwell Celenza and Anthony R. DelDonna. [Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts, Vol. 9.] (Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University Press. 2014....
Notes and Comments
ANNIVERSARYThe Harlem-based congregation of black sisters known as the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Founded in Savannah, Georgia, in 1916 by Father Ignatius Lissner, who enlisted the help of...
Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage, 860-1600
Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage, 860-1600. By D. L. D'Avray. (New York: Cambridge University Press. 2015. Pp. xiii, 355. $99.00. ISBN 978-1-10106253-5.)David D'Avray brings together here two themes that have featured in his written work: medieval marriage...
Patrick N. Lynch, 1817-1882: Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston
AMERICAN Patrick N. Lynch, 1817-1882: Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston. By David C. R. Heisser and Stephen J. White Sr. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press. 2015. Pp. viii, 271. $39.95. ISBN 978-1-61117-404-5 clothbound; 978-1-61117-405-2...
"Perils of Ocean and Wilderness": A Field Guide to North American Catholic History
Sometimes a new problem or a new question provides a pause to consider how we think about what we think about in historical analysis. This ACHA presidential address is, in some ways, an experiment in an interpretative framework for North American Catholic...
Plague and Pleasure: The Renaissance World of Pius II
Plague and Pleasure: The Renaissance World of Pius II. By Arthur White. (W ashington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press. 2014. Pp. xxiv, 407. $29.95 paperback. ISBN 978-0-80813-226811.)This admirable book exemplifies what the author calls...
Praising God Together: Monastic Reformers and Laypeople in Tenth-Century Winchester
When the monastic reform movements that developed in the former Carolingian Empire in the tenth century crossed to England, they found unique expression in Winchester under Bishop Æthelwold. The reformers shared the goals of purifying and regularizing...
Private Libraries in Renaissance England: A Collection and Catalogue of Tudor and Early Stuart Book-Lists
Private Libraries in Renaissance England: A Collection and Catalogue of Tudor and Early Stuart Book-Lists. Vol. VIII: PLRE 167-260. Edited by Joseph L. Black; General Editor R. J. Fehrenbach. [Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, vol. 455.] (Tempe:...
Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley's Thought and Popular Methodist Practice
Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley's Thought and Popular Methodist Practice. By Kevin M. Watson. (New York: Oxford University Press. 2014. Pp. xiv, 221. S74.00. ISBN 978-0-19-933636-4.)In Pursuing Holiness Kevin Watson has given us...
Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II
Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II. By Donald W. Norwood. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing. 2015. Pp. xxi, 263. $35.00 paperback. ISBN 978-0-8028-7210-4.)The author (b. 1940) is a minister of the United Reformed Church in Britain...
Religion, Reformation, and Repression in the Reign of Francis I. Documents from the Parlement of Paris, 1515-1547: Vol. I: Documents 1515-1543; Vol. II: Documents 1544-1547
Religion, Reformation, and Repression in the Reign of Francis I. Documents from the Parlement of Paris, 1515-1547: Vol. I: Documents 1515-1543; Vol. II: Documents 1544-1547. Edited, annotated, and introduced by James K. Farge. [Studies and Texts 196.]...
Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas
LATIN AMERICAN Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas. Edited by Stephanie Kirk and Sarah Rivett. [The Early Modern Americas.] (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2014. Pp. vi, 352. $49.95. ISBN 978-0-8122-4654-4.)The ten...
Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia: A Study of Manuscript Transmission and Monastic Culture
Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia: A Study of Manuscript Transmission and Monastic Culture. By Felice Lifshitz. [Fordham Series in Medieval Studies.] (New York: Fordham University Press. 2014. Pp. xxiv, 349. $55.00. ISBN 978-0-8232-5687-7.)Felice...
Rewriting Magic: An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk
Rewriting Magic: An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk. By Claire Fänger. [Magic in History.] (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. 2015. Pp. xvi, 214. $79.95. ISBN 978-0-27106650-9.)This book...
Sacred Plunder: Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade
Sacred Plunder: Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade. By David M. Perry. (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. 2015. Pp. xiv, 233. $69.95. ISBN 978-0-271-06507-6.)The conquest of Constantinople by the crusader troops in 1204...
Saint Katharine: The Life of Katharine Drexel/Katharine Drexel: The Riches-to-Rags Story of an American Catholic Saint
Saint Katharine: The Life of Katharine Drexel. By Cordelia Frances Biddle. (Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing. 2014. Pp. x, 266. $26.00 hardcover. ISBN 9781-159416-211-4.)Katharine Drexel: The Riches-to-Rags Story of an American Catholic Saint. By Cheryl...
Subverting Aristotle: Religion, History, and Philosophy in Early Modern Science
EARLY MODERN EUROPEAN Subverting Aristotle: Religion, History, and Philosophy in Early Modern Science. By Craig Martin. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2014. Pp. viii, 262. $54.95. ISBN 978-1-4214-1316-7.)In Subverting Aristotle, Craig Martin...
Summa 'Omnis Qui Iuste Iudicat'sive Lipsiensis
Summa 'Omnis qui iuste iudicat'sive Lipsiensis. 3 tomes. Tome 1: Edited by Rudolf Weigand (f), Peter Landau, and Waltraud Kozur, with the collaboration of Stefan Häring, Karin Miethaner, and Martin Petzolt; Tome 2: Edited by Peter Landau and Waltraud...
Teach Me to Be Generous: The First Century of Regis High School in New York City
Teach Me to Be Generous: The First Century of Regis High School in New York City. By Anthony D. Andreassi, C.O. (New York: Fordham University Press. 2014. Pp. xviii, 250. $35.00. ISBN 978-0-8232-5633-4.)There is a private joke among New York Jesuits...
The Art of Painting in Colonial Quito / El Arte De Lapintura En Quito Colonial
The Art of Painting in Colonial Quito / El arte de la pintura en Quito colonial. Edited by Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruitt; organized by Judy de Bustamante. [Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts Series, Vol. 6.] (Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University...
The Catholic Rubens: Saints and Martyrs
The Catholic Rubens: Saints and Martyrs. By Willibald Sauerländer. (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute. 2014. Pp. 311. $45.00. ISBN 978-1-60606-268-5.)Willibald Sauerländer (born in 1924) is an internationally recognized art historian, who taught...
The Christian Monitors. the Church of England and the Age of Benevolence, 1680-1730
The Christian Monitors. The Church of England and the Age of Benevolence, 1680-1730. By Brent S. Sirota. [The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History.] (New Haven: Yale University Press. 2014. Pp. xvi, 360. $65.00. ISBN 978-0-300-16710-8.)This...
The Early Luther: Stages in a Reformation Reorientation
The Early Luther: Stages in a Reformation Reorientation. By Berndt Hamm. Translated by Martin J. Lohrmann. (Grand Rapids, Ml: William B. Eerdmans Publishing. 2014. Pp. xx, 286. $36.00 paperback. ISBN 978-0-8028-6924-1.)A cottage industry of twentieth-century...
The Jesuits, Mary, and Joseph: The Catholic Workers' College, Dublin, 1951-66
The rapid decline of the standing of the Catholic Church in the Republic of Ireland in the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries is a story well enough known story. In 1932 a Eucharistic Congress, culminating in an open-air ceremony in Dublin's...
The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer
The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. Edited by F. Douglas Scutchfield and Paul Evans Holbrook Jr. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 2014. Pp. xviii, 333. $40.00. ISBN 978-0-8131-5352-0.)Books about...
The Life of Ignatius of Loyola
The Life of Ignatius of Loyola. By Pedro de Ribadeneira, S.J. Translated by Claude Pavur, S.J. [Jesuit Primary Sources in English Translation, No. 28.] (St. Louis: The Institute of Jesuit Sources. 2014. Pp. xxxii, 483. $34.95 paperback. ISBN 978-1-880810-83-2.)At...
The Lives of the Popes and Emperors
The Lives of the Popes and Emperors. By Pseudo-Petrarch. Translated by Aldo S. Bernardo and Reta A. Bernardo. Edited and introduced by Tania Zampini. (New York: Italica Press. 2015. Pp. xxxviii, 280. S50.00. ISBN 978-1-59910253-5.)The anonymous Chronica...
The Politics of Religion in Early Modern France
The Politics of Religion in Early Modern France. By Joseph Bergin. (New Haven: Yale University Press. 2014. Pp. xi, 379. $85.00. ISBN 978-0-300-20769-9.)Perhaps no one but Joseph Bergin could have written this book, as it is probably the crowning work...
The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West
The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West. By Todd Hartch. (New York: Oxford University Press. 2015. Pp. xiv, 235. $29.95. ISBN 9780-19-020456-3.)Todd Hartch, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and the author of The Rebirth...
The Roman Monster: An Icon of the Papal Antichrist in Reformation Polemics
The Roman Monster: An Icon of the Papal Antichrist in Reformation Polemics. By Lawrence P. Buck. [Early Modern Studies, 13.] (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press. 2014. Pp. xiv, 258. $49.95 paperback. ISBN 978-1612481-06-7.)It comes as a surprise...
The Saint and His Disciple: Cardinal John Henry Newman, the Reverend George Dudley Ryder and the Catholic Revival in Nineteenth Century England
LATE MODERN EUROPEAN The Saint and His Disciple: Cardinal John Henry Newman, the Reverend George Dudley Ryder and the Catholic Revival in Nineteenth Century England. By Penelope Hunting. (Palo Alto, CA: Académica Press. 2011. Pp. xiv, 206. $75.95. ISBN...
The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: The History of the Legend and Its Legacy, or, How the Translator of the Vulgate Became an Apostle of the Slavs
The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: The History of the Legend and Its Legacy, or, How the Translator of the Vulgate Became an Apostle of the Slavs. By Julia Verkholantsev. (De Kalb: Northern Illinois University Press. 2014. Pp. xi, 262. $49.00. ISBN 978-0-87580-485-9.)The...
The Spirit of Vatican II: Western European Progressive Catholicism in the Long Sixties
The Spirit of Vatican II: Western European Progressive Catholicism in the Long Sixties. By Gerd-Rainer Horn. (New York: Oxford University Press. 2015. Pp. x, 264. $90.00. ISBN 978-0-19-959325-5.)This is a sequel to the author's The Spirit of'68 (New...
The Strange Case of Ermine De Reims: A Medieval Woman between Demons and Saints
The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman between Demons and Saints. By Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski. [The Middle Ages Series.] (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2015. Pp. xii, 236. $55.00. ISBN 978-0-8122-4715-2.)Late-medieval...
The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos: Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico
The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos: Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico. By Marie-Theresa Hernández. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2014. Pp. xi, 260. $27.95 paperback. ISBN 978-08135-6568-2.)This book was inspired...
The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement/Labels and Libels: Naming Beguines in Northern Medieval Europe
The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement. By Laura Swan. (Katonah, NY: BlueBridge, an imprint of United Tribes Media. 2014. Pp. 202. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-933346-97.7.)Labels and Libels: Naming Beguines in Northern...
Una Gentildonna Davanti Al Sant'Uffizio: Il Processo per Eresia a Isabella Della Frattina, 1568-1570
Una gentildonna davanti al Sant'Uffizio: Il processo per eresia a Isabella della Frattina, 1568-1570. By Federica Ambrosini. [Travaux d'Humanisme et Renaissance, no. DXXXV.] (Geneva: Librairie Droz. 2014. Pp. Ixxxix, 440. $98.40 paperback. ISBN 978-2-600-01930-9.)This...
University Education of the Parochial Clergy in Medieval England: The Lincoln Diocese, C. 1300-C. 1350
University Education of the Parochial Clergy in Medieval England: The Lincoln Diocese, c. 1300-c. 1350. By F. Donald Logan. [Studies and Texts 188.] (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. 2014. Pp. xiv, 197. $80.00. ISBN 978-0-88844-181-1.)In...
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