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The Invention of Papal History

Onofrio Panvinio between Renaissance and Catholic Reform

Stefan Bauer

Oxford-Warburg Studies. Oxford University Press, 2020


288 Pages | 11 black and white figures/tables. ISBN: 9780198807001. £70.00


Presents the biography of a crucial sixteenth-century author, Onofrio Panvinio, who changed the historical narrative about the history of the Catholic Church

Gives an account of the invention of a critical, source-based papal history, allowing us insights into sixteenth century writing processes, use of sources, and authorial intention

Discusses the subsequent confessionalization and dogmatization of church history

Reflects on the perpetually uneasy relationship between history and theology


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