The Phoenix and the Flame: Catalonia and the Counter Reformation

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Yale University Press
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6.14 X 9.21 X 1.1 inches | 1.66 pounds

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About the Author
Henry Kamen is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has taught at universities in England and the United States.
"The result of admirable research and an impressive breadth of knowledge. . . . This sympathetic, enthusiastic, and stimulating study is unique among English works on Spanish history."--Alastair Hamilton, Times Literary Supplement

"A masterpiece of deep research in a well-defined area of interest. It is packed with fascinating detail and illuminated by useful insights. . . . Catalonia rises like a phoenix from the ashes of dry old documents in this brilliant history of little people and large changes in European life."--Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"Henry Kamen, who has a deft way with historical myths, makes an important contribution to this re-appraisal [of Spain's past] in The Phoenix and the Flame. The combination of meticulous detail, subtle reflection, bold argument and broad reference makes this one of Kamen's best books, and one of the best books by a foreigner about Spanish religion."--Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The European

"A richly detailed description of changes in rural Catalan religion during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. . . . An excellent portrait of a period and a region. . . . [Kamen] has provided insight into the evolution of popular religion in the peninsula, and he has cast light on everyday life in a too often forgotten corner of Europe."--Carl L. Bankston III, Commonweal

"Henry Kamen's study of Catalonia is a remarkable piece of original research."--Diarmaid Macculloch, History Today

"[This book] is packed with lively detail on everything from attitudes toward sexuality to the popular missionary work of the Jesuits. . . . [Readers] will gain a much enriched vision of society and religion in early modern Catholic Europe."--Choice

"The historical evidence is adduced from numerous unpublished documents and contemporary sources, and laid out in a vast, readable narrative. Kamen has written authoritatively on Spain before; this book is a triumph."--Virginia Quarterly Review

"A thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Counter-Reformation Catalonia. . . . Kamen's book is an important addition to the social historical studies of Counter-Reformation Spain."--Gillian T. W. Ahlgren, Sixteenth Century Journal

"The subject of this excellent and remarkable book is the practice and governance of popular religion in sixteenth and seventeenth century Catalonia, on which there is virtually nothing in English. . . . A book to be mulled over for years to come, with the promise of more."--H. M. Höpfl, Theological Book Review

"A fascinating and at times even inspired work of history that challenges historians of Spain to question many of their most cherished assumptions and to return to the archives with renewed vigor."--Sara T. Nalle, Journal of Modern History

"This is a landmark achievement in the study of Catalonia, Spain, and the Counter-Reformation. Any scholar of early modern history who aspires to true erudition will have to read this book, and be challenged and humbled by it."--Carlos M. N. Eire, Catholic Historical Review

"A detailed and compelling book of great originality."--Anthony Pagden, Cambridge University

"A detailed and nuanced assessment of the impact of the changes in liturgy, dogma, and behavior decreed by the Council of Trent on the organization and practice of religion in the Principality. . . . Thanks to this well researched and judicious monographs like this book . . . historians of early modern Spain now have a much better picture of the transformation and continuity in religious life at the local level."--Jim Amelang, Universidad Autonoma, Madrid