Boundaries of Faith: Catholics and Protestants in the by Jill Fehleison

By Jill Fehleison

On the political and spiritual crossroads the place John Calvin and the Protestant Reformation had taken carry, the Catholic diocese of Geneva struggled to transform their Protestant associates again to the Church whereas retaining a practice of piety and an organization disciplinary hand. This serious research examines the good fortune of Catholic counter-reform in key rural villages and appears on the major position performed by way of Bishop François de revenues, who had the bizarre problem of facing the 2 political gurus of Savoy and France. Drawing from a wealth of fundamental assets, together with visitation documents of bishops and different diocesan files, Jill Fehleison contributes to our knowing of early smooth Catholicism because it addressed the demanding situations of coexisting with Protestantism.

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How much of the diocesan reform beyond Italy was based on Borromeo’s model and how much was indigenous? According to Louis Binz, ideas of pastoral renewal were widespread in the fifteenth century and were evident in the Diocese of Geneva. The bishops of Geneva conducted regular visitations during the fifteenth century up to the start of the Reformation. Six visits were performed between 1411 and 1518. 81 At least some of the reform-minded visitors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries entered areas that had been touched by earlier spiritual revivals.

1 Certainly the region around Geneva saw regular encounters of Catholic and Protestant populations. The bishops oversaw the programs of Catholic reform, but people from all levels of society participated in the process and influenced the ultimate success or failure of the efforts. The Physical Landscape The Diocese of Geneva consisted mostly of small towns and villages scattered throughout the valleys and mountainous regions of the Alps. ” 53. 23 24 l Chapter 2 influence (see map 2). The parishes were typically poor and people survived through farming small fields of grain and raising small herds of sheep, goats, and dairy cattle.

7 Gordon, Swiss Reformation, 115, 128. 9 In the meantime, François I of France took the opportunity to occupy Savoy proper and Piedmont to ensure his access to Milan; the French occupation lasted twenty-three years (1536–1559) and introduced important innovations in the political process, including the establishment of a French parlement in Chambéry. 10 When in 1553 Emmanuel-Philibert succeeded his father, Charles III, he found many former possessions of Savoy in the hands of his enemies. France controlled Bresse and Bugey; the Bernese held the Pays de Gex, the Pays de Vaud, and much of the duchy of Chablais; the Holy Roman Emperor and France were fighting over Piedmont.

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