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Imagining Christian Origins: Catholic Visions of a Holy Past in Central Europe

Howard P. Louthan

in Sacred History

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199594795
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741494 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594795.003.0007
Imagining Christian Origins: Catholic Visions of a Holy Past in Central Europe

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This chapter examines how Catholic historians and antiquarians in central Europe during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries responded to the Reformation through the search for Christian origins. Though the search for Christian origins reflected a universal Catholic impulse, in Central Europe it was very much an enterprise that addressed the local concerns and challenges of specific communities. This chapter explores the diversity of this quest through an investigation of three case studies: Cologne, Bavaria, and Bohemia. Catholic scholars in each of these areas searched for the Christian origins of their home region in an effort to defend their local ecclesiastical heritage.

Keywords: Balbín; Bohuslav; Bavaria; Bohemia; Cologne; Gelenius; Aegedius; hagiography; Jesuits; Rader; Matthäus

Chapter.  8581 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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