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By Giorgio Caravale

This booklet delineates the try out, conducted through the Congregations of the Inquisition and the Index in the course of the 16th and early 17th century, to purge quite a few devotional texts within the Italian vernacular of heterodox ideals and superstitious components, whereas implementing a inflexible uniformity in liturgical and devotional practices. the 1st a part of the booklet is targeted on Rome's nervous task towards the infiltration of Protestant rules in vernacular treatises on prayer intended for mass intake. It subsequent explores how, basically within the moment 1/2 the 16th century, as soon as Rome's major preoccupation towards Protestant growth had subsided, the Church may well commence brooding about a circulate from a rejection of any attention of the benefits of inside prayer to a restoration and recognition of psychological prayer. the ultimate part is devoted to the first goal of the Church's activities in purging superstitious practices which used to be no longer easily the renewal of the religious lifetime of the trustworthy, but additionally the keep watch over of the spiritual and social lifetime of many devoted who have been uneducated. in accordance with a cautious exam of the archival documents of the 2 Roman dicasteri in query, a lot of that have in simple terms been obtainable to students in view that 1998, in addition to a detailed analyzing of the various of suspect devotional texts themselves, this e-book bargains a desirable contribution in the direction of a fuller appreciation of the complicated panorama that characterised the non secular realities of early glossy Italy.

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