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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


Part of Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture

  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893206

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  • This book brings together for the first time detailed analyses of Tridentine liturgical reform, Counter-Reformation sanctity and the late Renaissance 'revolution' in historical method. It redraws traditional historical boundaries, and offers an original and challenging reappraisal of the relations between Rome and its local Italian churches during the 150 years after the closure of the Council of Trent in 1564. A fundamentally new context is also provided for the work of Cesare Baronio, 'father' of Counter-Reformation historical scholarship, and of his regional counterparts. The examination of the writings of one such local Baronio, Pietro Maria Campi of Piacenza (1569–1649), acts as a focus for this study, which also includes the fullest account yet published of Counter-Reformation canonisation procedure, as well as the first extended scholarly treatment of the collaborative achievement of Ferdinando Ughelli's Italia sacra, and that work's long-term implications for Italian national history writing. The book also includes a comprehensive survey of Italian local hagiography and ecclesiastical history writing of the period.

    • 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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    • Date Published: January 2003
    • 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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