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Trent: What Happened at the Council [Kindle Edition]

John W. O'Malley
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Trent, the Catholic Church’s attempt to put its house in order after the Reformation, has long been praised and blamed for things it never did. This one-volume history, the first in modern times, explores the volatile issues that pushed several Holy Roman emperors, kings and queens of France, five popes, and all of Europe to the brink of disaster.

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"A concise yet no less scholarly overview of the ups and downs of this frequently name checked Council…Trent:What Happened at that Council is written with comfortable, accessible authority and really is a vital and intriguing overview of the a Council that still casts such an influence some 450 years later". --David Gibosn, Catholic Herald, Nov 2013

"[A] superb new history of the Council of Trent[...] this book allows us to climb out of the confessional slit-trenches which made the story of Trent seem one dimensional. [...] Thanks to John O'Malley, we have a beautifully clear and honest reappraisal of the tangled story of Trent, in all it complexity, paradox, achievement and lost opportunity. --Diarmaid MacCulloch, London Review of Books, 9/05/2013

"The first modern overview of the Council of Trent in English...Written with comfortable, accessible authority, this really is a vital and intriguing overview of a Council that casts such an influence some 450 years later." --James Kelly, Catholic Times, 22 December 2013

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John W. O'Malley is University Professor at Georgetown University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 25 April 2013
This book is written in pleasant, easy prose but manages to put this epoch-making Council into historical context, then proceed to thread an understandable (not to say exciting) path through what must have been unspeakably complicated sets of documents, negotiations and procedures. Then it present summaries of decisions on doctrine and reform which are so surprising in their, what shall I say?, modesty and modsernity. The legendary authoritarian and reactionary deeds of the Council were in fact largely due to those who interpreted and enacted its decisions (the Popes in particular, and these become understandable).This is very sympathetic to the sincerity and ability of the Council members, but pulls no punches in setting out the political (and financial) manoevering involved on all sides (bishops, Popes and Princes primarily, but theologians and the religious orders too). It was great. I am lost in admiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An odd corner of ecclesiastical history 16 Feb. 2013
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An excellent and readable brief account of the C16 reforming Council of the Catholic Church following the protestant reformation. It dispels many preconceptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution of Conciliar exercises 8 Nov. 2013
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O'Malley shows his mastery of the whole history of the actual development of the catholic church and its management. Balanced and factual
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