The Literature of the Counter-Reformation Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Bireley, Robert. The Counter-Reformation Prince: Anti-Machiavellianism or Catholic Statecraft in Early Modern Europe. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990, 309 p.

Analyzes the political thought of the greatest anti-Machiavellian writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and their relationship to the Counter-Reformation.

Cameron, Euan. “‘Civilized Religion’ from Renaissance to Reformation and Counter-Reformation.” In Civil Histories: Essays Presented to Sir Keith Thomas, edited by Peter Burke, Brian Harrison, and Paul Slack, pp. 49-66. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Discusses the influence of Renaissance thinkers on civil conduct and education and considers some fundamentally different attitudes of Catholics and Protestants.

Clancy, Thomas H. “Ecumenism and Irenics in 17th-Century English Catholic Apologetics.” Theological Studies 58, no. 1 (March 1997): 85-89.

Outlines attempts by writers to bring Catholics and Protestants into agreement over Christian doctrines.

Davidson, N. S. The Counter-Reformation. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd, 1987, 87 p.

Explores Catholic doctrine before and after the Council of Trent and the role of the laity in reform.

Evennett, H. Outram. “Counter-Reformation Spirituality.” In The Counter-Reformation: The Essential Readings, edited by David M. Luebke, pp. 48-63. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 1999.

Discusses the development of writings that took a new approach to spirituality, one which emphasized mental prayer, the holy Eucharist, and good works.

Houliston, Victor. “St. Thomas Becket in the Propaganda of the English Counter-Reformation.” Renaissance Studies 7, no. 1 (March 1993): 43-70.

Describes how the legend of Thomas Becket was used for propaganda purposes in the Counter-Reformation.

Jones, Verina R. “Counter-Reformation and Popular Culture in I Promessi Sposi: A Case of Historical Censorship.” Renaissance & Modern Studies 36 (1993): 36-51.

Assesses the influence of Alessandro Manzoni's novel on the attitudes of Italian readers towards the Counter-Reformation.

Monahan, Arthur P. “Richard Hooker: Counter-Reformation Political Thinker.” In Richard Hooker and the Construction of Christian Community, edited by Arthur Stephen McGrade, pp. 203-17. Tempe, Ariz.: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1997.

Contrasts the views of Richard Hooker with those of Martin Luther and John Calvin.

Parente, J. A., Jr. “Counter-Reformation Polemic and Senecan Tragedy: The Dramas of Gregorius Holonius (1531?-1594).” Humanistica Lovaniensia: Journal of Neo-Latin Studies 30 (1981): 156-80.

Discusses how the sixteenth-century martyr plays of Holonius reflected concerns addressed by the Counter-Reformation.

Voss, Paul J. “The Making of a Saint: John Fowler and Sir Thomas More in 1573.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 99, no. 4 (October 2000): 492-512.

Examines the publishing history and structure of More's Dialogue of Comfort, which helped sustain members of the Catholic community.