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Liturgy, Sanctity and History in Tridentine Italy

Liturgy, Sanctity and History in Tridentine Italy
Pietro Maria Campi and the Preservation of the Particular

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  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893206

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  • This book offers a fresh, original and interdisciplinary interpretation of what the Catholic Reformation meant at local diocesan level in the face of attempts by Rome to regularize worship c. 1550-1700. In the process of protecting the spiritual integrity of their patria, representatives of Italian local history such as Pietro Maria Campi of Piacenza (1569-1649)--who provides the focus of this wide-ranging study--significantly broadened the boundaries of historical study and helped to lay the foundations of Italian national history writing.

    • Identifies the chief dynamic of the Counter-Reformation as the Church's attempt to regularise local devotional practice in Italy
    • Provides the first full study of the role of liturgical reform in the Counter-Reformation
    • Offers the fullest account in any language of canonisation procedures which were to be fixed for centuries thereafter
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Ditchfield's attempt at revisionism can be seen as confirming the general lines of the current ortodoxy, while introducing nuance and shade into some areas once depicted in harsh tones of white and (mostly) black." Nicholas Terpstra, Canadian Journal of History

    "...Ditchfield has produced a learned and readbale book worthy of inclusion worthy of inclusion in this distinguished Cambridge series." William V. Hudon, The Journal of Religion

    "For those with a serious interest in sixteenth and sevententh century Italy, it is a vlauable contribution that illuminates a whole world of concerns too often passed over brings to light new elements for the ongoing scholarly debate over the nature and role of historical research as practiced in early modern Europe." Gary Ianziti, American Historical Review

    "...Ditchfield's Liturgy--a work which constitutes a major contribution to Italian historiograpy and, for this reviewer at least, a transforming experience." Dermot Fenlon, The Catholic Historical Review

    "...abundantly detailed....Ditchfield has done a thorough--indeed, erudite job--of defining the scope and interests of ecclesiastical historiography and suggesting its impact on Italian historiography..." Frederick J. McGinness, Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893206
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Liturgy:
    2. Reform of liturgy and the reinvention of historia sacra
    3. Hagiography as liturgy in a local context: the ecclesia placentina riformanda
    Part II. Sanctity:
    4. Early Christian martyr
    5. Aristocratic hermit
    6. Well-born nun
    7. Lay helper of the urban poor
    8. Visionary shepherdess
    9. Saintly pontiff
    Part III. History:
    10. Historia sacra as redemptor ecclesiarum italicarum
    11. The ecclesiastical roots of national historiography: Ferdinando Ughelli's Italia sacra

  • Author

    Simon Ditchfield, University of York

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