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Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620 (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology) Hardcover

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"How unusual for a monograph on the publishing history of a Church Father to challenge core ideas in intellectual history. Combining scrupulous study of early printed editions with a commanding grasp on modern theories of cultural formation, reception and reading, Arnoud Visser's engaging study of the works of Augustine gives us a convincing and sometimes unexpected story of the way in which Augustine's Opera omnia helped shape early modern attitudes and ideas."--- Lisa Jardine, CBE, Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London

"Arnoud Visser's learned and lively book illuminates both the book culture of Renaissance Europe and the uses of authority in the great debates of the Reformation. Covering a vast field with great precision, Visser traces the ways in which Augustine's works were listed and collected, edited and anthologized, indexed and annotated, cited and censored. Reading Augustine in the Reformation is a treasure-house of information and a model for further studies."--Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University

"Augustine of Hippo is the most influential theologian that Western or Latin Christianity has produced and, in sixteenth-century terms, he was the posthumous champion of Reformation and Counter-Reformation alike. If anyone thinks that this was just a debate among scholars, let them listen to Arnoud Visser as he recalls a sermon by the Catholic Simon Vigor which quoted Augustine to urge the assassination of the Huguenot leader Admiral Coligny. With admirable clarity and adroit deployment of absorbing detail, Visser takes us on a voyage round Augustine, touring throughout Europe and across confessional divides."
-- Diarmaid N.J. MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford

"Visser has produced a book of immense scholarship that sheds new light on our understanding of augustine's reception. As such, it leaves the reader wanting more."--E. L. Saak, Liverpool Hope University

"Visser's monograph is a model both of how to deal imaginatively with a very broad subject in the light of the best modern scholarship, and of how to generate novel and convincing arguments which will guide further research in the field."--Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"[A] brief 139 pages that belie their extensive and innovative scholarship...This is an invaluable study of how the Church Father was read in Reformation Europe."--The Catholis Historical Review

"Visser offers a nuanced and critical discussion...a careful and thought provoking study."--The Journal of Theological Studies

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Arnoud Visser received his doctorate at Leiden University, was a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, and is presently a lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam.

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