SOEN Violet (ed.), VANYSACKER Dries (ed.), FRANÇOIS Wim (ed.)
Church, censorship and reform in the early modern Habsburg Netherlands
Turnhout : Brepols, 2017, 240 p.
Collection Bibliothèque de la Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique ; 101
Résumé éditeur :
volume takes a refreshing perspective on the themes of church and reform in this region from the late fifteenth century onwards. The first part interrogates the dynamics of repression and censorship in matters of religion. Six chapters underline that this censorship was not only state- or church-driven, but performed by a multitude of actors, ranging from professional organisations to university theologians. Throughout the Ancient Regime, this resulted in an institutionally and regionally fragmented policy, opening margins of manoeuver for those concerned. A second part focuses on more internal impulses for Catholic Reform in the sixteenth century, especially those created by the Council of Trent. As such, this volume helps to contextualise the Counter-Reformation of the seventeenth century in a long-term perspective, identifying the myriad of actors and motives behind this Catholic revival.
Violet Soen is Professor of Early Modern History, Dries Vanysacker
Wim François are Professors of History of the Church and Theology, all at the Catholic University of Leuven.
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