The Two Reformations in the 16th Century

A Study of the Religious Aspects and Consequences of Renaissance and Humanism

  • Authors
  • H. A. Enno van Gelder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. A. Enno van Gelder
      Pages 3-10
  3. Italy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. H. A. Enno van Gelder
      Pages 57-105
  4. Western Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. H. A. Enno van Gelder
      Pages 109-131
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      Pages 132-173
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      Pages 174-223
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      Pages 224-248
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      Pages 267-308
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      Pages 309-327
    8. H. A. Enno van Gelder
      Pages 328-366
    9. H. A. Enno van Gelder
      Pages 367-401
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 402-406

About this book


This book deals with the religious aspects and consequences of the Renaissance and Humanism. It is therefore advisable that these terms should first be defined to some extent. By Re­ naissance is meant here the new element in Westem European culture, which became more and more evident in Italy during the 15th century and in about 1500 completely dominated the great minds in that country. In the 16th century this new ele­ ment was carried to the countries on the other side of the Alps, where it developed vigorously during that century. The new element in that culture is found in the plastic arts, literature, philosophy and also - and this is the subject of the present study - in a modified religious attitude. The following chapters will show the content of this last change. Problems such as: what in general characterizes the Renaissance, by what was it caused, when did it begin and, in particular, whether the Re­ naissance forms a sharp contrast to the Middle Ages or whether it is a direct continuation of it, will not be discussed here. It will be clear from the above definition that I have placed first and foremost those things in the Renaissance which distinguish it from the Middle Ages.


15th century Calvinism Christianity Christology Italy Jean Bodin Jesus Christ Religion concept liberty literature present rationalism reformation tomb

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1961
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8720-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-9564-5
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