Abstract

The Lutheran theologian and polemicist Matthias Flacius Illyricus (1520-75) organized an unprecedented collaborative project to write an encyclopedic Protestant church history, known as the Magdeburg Centuries (1559-74). At the planning stage in 1556, Flacius and his colleagues consulted with the Flemish jurist FranÁois Baudouin (1520-73). This article shows how, in this correspondence, ecclesiastical history became the workshop where legal and theological humanism met and interacted over issues of historical methodology. Two innovations are traced through the correspondence and into the finished history: Flacius's organization of the material by commonplaces

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 253-272
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-09
Open Access
No
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