Early Modern History: Society and Culture

Censorship and Heresy in Revolutionary England and Counter-Reformation Rome

Story of a Dangerous Book

Authors: Caravale, Giorgio

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  • Focuses on the double censorship provoked by Jacobus Acontius' Satan's Stratagems
  • Examines the perceived threat posed by the book to the Roman Congregation and Puritan English establishment
  • Provides new insights into the centrality of Aconcio's Stratagems to the development of religious toleration
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This book explores the secrets of the extraordinary editorial success of Jacobus Acontius' Satan's Stratagems, an important book that intrigued readers and outraged religious authorities across Europe. Despite condemnation by the Catholic Church, the work, first published in Basel in 1565, was a resounding success. For the next century it was republished dozens of times in different historical context, from France to Holland to England. The work sowed the idea that religious persecution and coercion are stratagems made up by the devil to destroy the kingdom of God. Acontius' work prepared the ground for religious toleration amid seemingly unending religious conflicts. In Revolutionary England it was propagated by latitudinarians and independents, but also harshly censored by Presbyterians as a dangerous Socinian book. Giorgio Caravale casts new light on the reasons why both Catholics and Protestants welcomed this work as one of the most threatening attacks to their religious power. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of toleration, in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation across Europe. 

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Giorgio Caravale is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Roma Tre, Italy. Previous publications include Beyond the Inquisition: Ambrogio Catarino Politi and the Origins of the Counter-Reformation (2017), Preaching and Inquisition in Renaissance Italy: Words on Trial (2016), The Italian Reformation Outside Italy: Francesco Pucci’s Heresy in Sixteenth-Century Europe (2015) and Forbidden Prayer: Church Censorship and Devotional Literature in Renaissance Italy (2011).

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Censorship and Heresy in Revolutionary England and Counter-Reformation Rome
Book Subtitle
Story of a Dangerous Book
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern History: Society and Culture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57439-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57439-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57438-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86163-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 233
Number of Illustrations
12 illustrations in colour
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