Boundaries of Faith: Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of Geneva

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Truman State Univ Press, Feb 1, 2011 - History - 272 pages
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At the political and religious crossroads where John Calvin and the Protestant Reformation had taken hold, the Catholic Diocese of Geneva struggled to convert their Protestant neighbors back to the Catholic Church while maintaining a tradition of piety and a firm disciplinary hand. This critical study examines the success of Catholic counter-reform in key rural villages and looks at the significant role played by Bishop Fran ois de Sales, who had the unusual challenge of dealing with the two political authorities of Savoy and France. Drawing from a wealth of primary sources, including visitation records of bishops and other diocesan documents, Jill Fehleison contributes to our understanding of early modern Catholicism as it addressed the challenges of coexisting with Protestantism.
  

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Contents

The Reformation and the Diocese of Geneva
1
Understanding Boundaries Landscape of Catholic Reform
23
Winning Converts The Mission in the Duchy of Chablais
53
Shifting Borders Savoyards Become French
100
Cleaning Houses Reform of the Clergy
138
Defining Spaces Reform of the Laity
181
Reform Ideals and Reality
231
Bibliography
239
About the Author
253
Index
255
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