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Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Italy

  • Authors
  • One of the first studies in English to document the attempts to reform church organization and religious society in early modern Italy
    Provides a synthesis of recent scholarship, modern literature and archival research on the subject
    Offers a balanced interpretation of the work of the Inquisition

Part of the European Studies Series book series (EUROSTUD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Christopher F. Black
    Pages 19-36
  3. Christopher F. Black
    Pages 62-85
  4. Christopher F. Black
    Pages 86-111
  5. Christopher F. Black
    Pages 112-129
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    Pages 130-148
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    Pages 149-170
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    Pages 171-196
  9. Christopher F. Black
    Pages 197-222
  10. Christopher F. Black
    Pages 223-228
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 229-315

About this book


Many Italians in the early sixteenth century challenged Church authority and orthodoxy, stimulated by religious 'Reformation' debates and the lack of agreement on alternatives to Rome's leadership. This book surveys and analyses the various positive and negative responses which led to a re-formation of Church institutions, and parish life for the lay population, especially after the Council of Trent in 1563.

Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Italy:
- discusses the roles of bishops and parochial clergy, seminaries and religious education
- examines religious orders and lay confraternities, particularly in relation to 'good works' or philanthropy
- explains the varied uses of the visual arts, music, processions and festivities to enthuse and educate the laity
- pays special attention to two controversial issues: the Inquisition's role and the stricter enclosure of nuns

Comprehensive yet approachable, Christopher F. Black's volume incorporates diverse religious practices and experiences, and explores the successes and failures of reform throughout mainland Italy during a period of religious and social upheaval.


Europe reform seventeenth century

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER F. BLACK is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Italy
  • Authors Christopher Black
  • Series Title European Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-61844-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-61845-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-80196-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 315
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Italy
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