THE CATHOLIC REFORMATION by John C. Olin

THE CATHOLIC REFORMATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Half a century ago, this book would have been called perhaps ""Materials Toward a History of the Catholic Reformation."" It is not a narrative history of the Catholic (or Counter-) Reformation, but a collection of some fifteen of the most important and most illuminating documents from the first part of the era (1495 to 1540; i.e., Savanarola to Loyola). Each document is preceded by a short discussion of context and significance, and accompanied by ample bibliographical information. This volume -- and the second and final one, which is currently in preparation -- is, of course, intended for serious students either of history as such or of ecclesiastical reform. It is a well conceived and well executed work, sufficiently closely knit to serve as a documentary history as well as a source book. The scholar or student who does not have access to such forbidding and polyglot collections as the Corpus Catholicorum and the Reformationsgeschichtliche studien will be delighted with it.

Pub Date: July 16th, 1969
Publisher: Harper & Row