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Sacred History: Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World

Katherine Van Liere, Simon Ditchfield, and Howard Louthan


This book surveys early modern ‘sacred history’, i.e. the historiography of the Christian Church, its leaders and saints, and its institutional and doctrinal developments, in the two centuries c.1450–1650. Thirteen thematic chapters examine the influence of Renaissance humanism, religious reform, and other political, intellectual, and social developments of these two centuries on the writing of ecclesiastical history in its various forms. These diverse genres of historical writing, inherited from medieval culture, included saints’ lives, diocesan histories, national chronicles, and travel acco ... More

Keywords: Church history, ecclesiastical history, Renaissance, Humanism, Catholic Church, historiography, saints, hagiography, papacy, Reformation, Counter-Reformation

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594795
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Van Liere, editor
Professor, Department of History, Calvin College

Simon Ditchfield, editor
Reader in History, University of York

Howard Louthan, editor
Professor, Department of History, University of Florida

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Part II National History and Sacred History

Part III Uses of Sacred History in the Early Modern Catholic World

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