A Bishop's Tale: Mathias Hovius Among His Flock in Seventeenth-century Flanders

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Yale University Press, 1 jan. 2002 - 387 sidor
This absorbing book takes us back to the busy, colorful world of a Netherlandish Catholic bishop and his flock during the age of Reformation. It is drawn from a rare journal, one of many kept by Mathias Hovius from 1596 to 1620 while he was Archbishop of Mechelen (part of modern Belgium). Elegantly written, the book focuses not only on the life of Mathias Hovius but also on key events and characters of his time; it portrays "lived religion," so that we see people from all sides getting involved in the constant negotiation of what it meant to be a good Catholic.

Craig Harline and Eddy Put recreate the eventful life and times of Mathias Hovius--a world in which other-believers were outright heretics, the nagging fevers of old age were the result of unbalanced bodily humors, and a corruptible earth rested motionless at the center of the universe while God sat exalted on a throne just beyond the fixed stars. The authors also tell the stories of monks, nuns, priests, millers, pilgrims, peasant women, saints, town and village councils, and ordinary parishioners; each story, fascinating in its own right, illustrates a major theme in the history of the Catholic Reformation. In the end Harline and Put have painted a picture teeming with life and energy.

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This is the result of 13 years of diligent research and superb writing by Harline (history, Brigham Young Univ.) and Put (senior assistant, the Belgian National Archives). Having exhausted the extant ... Läs hela recensionen

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The Canons New Clothes
1
The Third Man
19
Isabellas Dowry
36
Mathias Pence
54
Rumor Mill
73
Our Dear Lady on the Sharp Hill
92
Pulling Up Tares
109
Three Pastors
133
Ladies of the Garden
213
Sisters of the World
231
The Sportsmans Mass
248
Almost Eternity
263
Mathias at Rest
282
How We Found Mathias
298
Glossary
311
Sources
315

The Trouble with Peace
162
A Schoolboy from Diest
177
Table Talk
195
Acknowledgments
373
Index
377
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Craig Harline is professor of history at Brigham Young University. Eddy Put is senior assistant at the Belgian National Archives and lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain.

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