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Trent: What Happened at the Council by [O'Malley, John W.]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1568 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Sew edition (15 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DW2OUGS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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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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This book provides not only an accessible account of the three sessions of the Council of Trent, but sets these in the context of the Euro[en political scene that weighed so heavily on the conduct of the Council, provides good character sketches of the main religious and secular individuals involved, and also managed to situate the Council in the historical evolution of the conciliar movement. The fact that, despite all the conflicts, personal and national, its teaching had enduring value, and was at the same time open enough to be seen, with the benefit of contemporary experience, as being able to lead to Vatican II, can only lead one to ponder on the work of the Holy Spirit.
For those normally fed on a diet of Tudor history, this book also provides a useful shift in focus, as England was, of course, such a minor character in the drama, havomg been marginalized by Henry VIII' religious changes.
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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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Not sure how I should communicate on this point - but you list this book as Trent (Early Modern and Modern Greek) John W. O`malley (Author)

Where on earth does that Early Modern and Modern Greek) come from - it confused me!
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