By John W. O'Malley
Counter Reformation, Catholic Reformation, the Baroque Age, the Tridentine Age, the Confessional Age: why does Catholicism within the early sleek period cross via such a lot of names? And what political events, what spiritual and cultural prejudices within the 19th and 20th centuries gave upward push to this confusion? taking on those questions, John O'Malley works out a notable advisor to the highbrow and historic advancements at the back of the recommendations of Catholic reform, the Counter Reformation, and, in his felicitous time period, Early smooth Catholicism. the result's the one most sensible evaluate of scholarship on Catholicism in early smooth Europe, brought in a pithy, lucid, and unique variety. even if its topic is prime to nearly all different concerns on the subject of 16th- and seventeenth-century Europe, there is not any different booklet like this in any language.
More than a historiographical assessment, Trent and All That makes a compelling case for subsuming the current confusion of terminology below the idea that of Early sleek Catholicism. The time period exhibits in actual fact what this e-book so eloquently demonstrates: that Early smooth Catholicism was once a facet of early sleek background, which it strongly encouraged and during which it was once itself in huge degree decided. As a reviewer commented, O'Malley's dialogue of terminology "opens up a distinct approach of conceiving of the complete historical past of Catholicism among the Reformation and the French Revolution."
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