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The Catholic Reformation

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Discussion topics and Essay Questions

  • Are the Reformation and Counter-Reformation better seen as competing or complementary forces?
  • To what extent did the religion practised by the Catholic laity change in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?
  • What were the principal challenges in establishing Catholicism as a 'global' religion?


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Audio and Video Links

Radio 4 programme 'In Our Time' on The Jesuits
Trailer for film 'Silence', directed by Martin Scorsese (2016)
Search for suitable versions of the following pieces on
Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli, 'Kyrie'
Missa De Batalla, Gloria (La Capella Reial De Catalunya)
Vivaldi, Gloria, 'Cum sancto spiritu'
Grandi, O Quam Tu Pulchra Es, from Ghirlanda Sacra

Secondary literature

Selected Key Texts

Further reading

a) The European Catholic Reformation
b) Global Catholicism

Module Forum

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Glossary of Religious Terms

External Links

Reformation Primary Sources - see documents in section on 'Counterreformation & Katholic Reformation'

'The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent' - transcription of decrees coming out of each session

Vulgate Bible - transcription of the Latin Vulgate Bible

Gutenberg Bible - copies of Johann Guternberg's Bible (c.1450)