The Reformation of Historical Thought

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In The Reformation of Historical Thought, Mark Lotito re-examines the development of Western historiography by concentrating on Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560) and his universal history, Carion’s Chronicle (1532). With the Chronicle, Melanchthon overturned the medieval papal view of history, and he offered a distinctly Wittenberg perspective on the foundations of the “modern” European world. Through its immense popularity, the Chronicle assumed extraordinary significance across the divides of language, geography and confession. Indeed, Melanchthon’s intervention would become the point of departure for theologians, historians and jurists to debate the past, present and future of the Holy Roman Empire. Through the Chronicle, the Wittenberg reformation of historical thought became an integral aspect of European intellectual culture for the centuries that followed.

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Biographical Note

Mark A. Lotito completed his graduate studies at the University of London, Warburg Institute (M.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D.). After law school at Cornell University (J.D., LL.M.), he entered private legal practice.

Table of contents

DEDICATION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

CHAPTERS
1. INTRODUCTION
2. THE FOURTH MONARCHY AND THE TRANSLATIO IMPERII
3. JOHANN CARION OF BIETIGHEIM: THE BERLIN COURT ASTRONOMER
4. CARION’S CHRONICLE: A WITTENBERG VIEW OF THE PAST
5. THE TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION OF CARION’S CHRONICLE
6. THE LEGACY OF WITTENBERG HISTORIOGRAPHY
7. CONCLUSION

APPENDICES
APPENDIX A: CARION’S CHRONICLE – TEXTUAL TRANSMISSION
APPENDIX B: CARION’S CHRONICLE – MANUSCRIPT NOTES
APPENDIX C: CARION’S CHRONICLE – STEMMA OF EDITIONS
APPENDIX D: CARION’S CHRONICLE – INDICES TO THE EDITIONS
APPENDIX E: CARION’S CHRONICLE – CENSUS OF EDITIONS

BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Readership

All interested in Renaissance and Reformation history, Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, and anyone concerned with historical thought, political science and religious thought in medieval and early modern Europe.

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