“For the Sake of the Truth of History and of the Catholic Doctrines”: History, Documents, and Dogma in Cesare Baronio’s Annales Ecclesiastici

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between theology and documentary criticism in Cesare Baronio’s Annales Ecclesiastici in their own historical and intellectual context. The first two sections of this article are devoted to analyzing two episodes in Baronio’s work, which most clearly show the role of erudition and historical criticism in articulating crucial and controversial political and theological positions in post-Reformation Rome. The third and final section assesses the significance of Baronio’s historical methodology in the context of post-Reformation Catholicism and its importance for our understanding of the relationship between post-Humanist historiography and post-Reformation apologetics and, more generally, for our understanding of the nature of ecclesiastical history.

“For the Sake of the Truth of History and of the Catholic Doctrines”: History, Documents, and Dogma in Cesare Baronio’s Annales Ecclesiastici

in Journal of Early Modern History

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Arsenio Frugoni“La ‘Storia’ del Baronio,” in Incontri nel Rinascimentoed. Arsenio Frugoni (Brescia 1954) 192.

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Arnaldo Momigliano“The Origins of Ecclesiastical Historiography,” in The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiographyed. Arnaldo Momigliano (Berkeley 1990) 137. Momigliano’s emphasis.

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See ZenBaronio storico231; and M. De Bujanda Index Librorum Prohibitorum 1600-1966 (Geneva 2002) s.v. “Valla Lorenzo.”

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On Bozio see Salvo Mastellone“Tommaso Bozio l’intransigente amico del Baronio, teorico dell’ordine ecclesiastico,” in Baronio storico e la Controriformaed. R. De Maio L. Gulia A. Mazzacane (Sora 1982) 219-230.

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See Carlo Ginzburg“Description and citation,” in Threads and Traces: True False Fictiveed. Carlo Ginzburg trans. Anne C. Tedeschi and John Tedeschi (Berkeley 2011) 7-24. Ginzburg’s considerations on Baronio can be found at 20 and ff.

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Cf. ZenBaronio storico80-92.

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A. Momigliano“The Origins of Ecclesiastical Historiography” 150.

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A. Momigliano“Pagan and Christian historiography in the fourth century A.D.,” in Terzo contributo alla storia degli studi classici e del mondo anticoed. A. Momigliano (Rome 1966) vol. I 87-109. originally published as “The Conflict between Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century” (Oxford 1963) 79-99.

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A. Grafton“Church History in Early Modern Europe: Tradition and Innovation,” in Sacred Historyed. Katherine Van Liere Simon Ditchfield and Howard Louthan 18.

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