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The World of Catholic Renewal, 1540–1770

2nd Edition



Part of New Approaches to European History

  • Date Published: May 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521602419

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  • The second edition of The World of Catholic Renewal offers an updated synthesis of the vast scholarship on the history of Catholicism from the Council of Trent in the middle of the sixteenth century to the suppression of the Society of Jesus in the eighteenth century. Professor Hsia discusses the doctrinal and ecclesiastical renewal after Trent and the progress of Catholic reconquest in various lands. He analyses the social composition of the Tridentine clergy and the papal curia and studies the making of early modern sainthood and the enclosure of religious women. Encompassing art and architecture, Ronnie Hsia attempts to understand Catholic renewal as a vast historical development that shaped European civilization and also explores its expansion and encounter with non-Christian cultures in America, Africa, and Asia. The new edition of this acclaimed textbook offers an additional chapter on The Catholic Book as well as an updated bibliography.

    • Was the first synthesis of the vast scholarship on Catholic renewal in Europe
    • Second edition of a widely praised book
    • The thematic approach on a broad range of subjects (holy women, art, architecture) will appeal to students in European history, religious history and social history
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    '… by far the most reliable and authoritative such study now available … deserves to be widely read.' The Expository Times

    'Hsia skilfully incorporates recent work on gender, mysticism and imperialism to depict renewed Catholicism as a broad cultural phenomenon.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    ' … deserves to be widely read …' Newdirections

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521602419
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Council of Trent
    2. The new religious orders
    3. The triumphant church
    4. The militant church
    5. The martyred church
    6. The papal curia
    7. Bishops and priests
    8. Counter-reformation saints
    9. Holy women, beatas, demoniacs
    10. Art and architecture
    11. The Catholic book
    12. The Iberian church and empires
    13. The Catholic mission in Asia
    14. From triumph to crisis.

  • Author

    R. Po-Chia Hsia, Pennsylvania State University
    Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia is Professor of History in Pennsylvania State University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Trent 1415: Stories of a Ritual Murder Trial (1992) and Blackwell Companion to the World of the Reformation (ed. 2002).

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