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Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620

Arnoud S. Q. Visser


This book explores the reception of Augustine of Hippo in the European Reformations. In this religious revolution Augustine was a highly contested authority, with different parties assimilating his thought in contrasting ways. This flexible reception raises fundamental questions about the significance of Augustine's thought in the Reformation period. It can also illuminate the relationship between religious change and the new intellectual culture of Renaissance humanism, with its famous claim to return to the classical sources. Based on a variety of printed and manuscript sources, this study s ... More

Keywords: Augustine of Hippo, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Renaissance Humanism, Intellectual authority, history of reading, material culture of books, confessional divisions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199765935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arnoud S. Q. Visser, author
University of Leiden, University of Amsterdam
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