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Reformations and Counter Reformations

in Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

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Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195384819
Published online July 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199773572
Reformations and Counter Reformations

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What we now call the Protestant Reformation was in fact a series of revolts against Roman Catholic orthodoxy and the authority of the hierarchical church with roots going back to the fourteenth century (John Wyclif in England, Jan Hus in Bohemia, both successfully suppressed). They took radically different forms in different places. (The one sixteenth-century Reformation movement with which we are already familiar, the English, was the most “radically different” of all, since it was, uniquely, led by the Crown.) They did, however, reach a joint peak in the first half of the sixteenth century and achieved a lasting rupture in the history of European Christendom, for which reason they now appear in retrospect to have been a concerted movement, which they were not.

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Subjects: Pre- and Early Medieval Music (Before 800)

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