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5.0 out of 5 stars An odd corner of ecclesiastical history, 16 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Trent: What Happened at the Council (Early Modern and Modern Greek) (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 5 Dec 2014 06:31:37 GMT
"Balanced and factual" - could you expand on this point....like what is the author's background? Is he Roman Catholic? Protestant? Does he accept the findings of the council or is he an atheist?

For instance: Roman Civil Law as used on the continent during the Council (and today) is inquisitorial, the judge is assumed to be balanced and fair and he passes judgement after assessing the facts. Alone.

In English Common Law however no such assumptions are made - two sides put their cases - plaintiffs and defendants before a judge who decides nothing but enforces due process and fairness - and then a jury of 12 ordinary and random men and women then decides the facts of the case INCLUDING the law's validity itself. It is what marks out English History from other nations.

So in your review perhaps you could indicate what the author's standpoint is, don't be ashamed.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2014 11:04:49 GMT
Nothing to be ashamed about. The author is a well-known Roman Catholic as is this reviewer. Read the book and make your own judgement - no need to accept mine. Both author and reviewer accept the teachings of Trent of course, however affected by their historical circumstances and the events of the time they may have been. Google me if you want to know more about me. Why not write your own review in the interests of balance? Do not hesitate.
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