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The Penitents Treasury: Indulgences in Latin Christendom, 1175 - 1375 Robert W. Shaffern

The Penitents Treasury: Indulgences in Latin Christendom, 1175 - 1375

Robert W. Shaffern

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ISBN : 9781589661363
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275 pages
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The granting of indulgences by the Catholic Church has long been infamous asone of the groundsfor Martin Luther’s revolt from Christianity in the sixteenth century. Modern scholars have usually characterizedthe medieval practice as a defective one.InMoreThe granting of indulgences by the Catholic Church has long been infamous as one of the grounds for Martin Luther’s revolt from Christianity in the sixteenth century. Modern scholars have usually characterized the medieval practice as a defective one. In The Penitents’ Treasury, historian Robert W. Shaffern debunks this argument through a reexamination of indulgences that shows how their alleged evils have been exaggerated throughout history. This provocative volume, a necessary read for anyone interested in medieval history and the history of religion, calls for much rethinking about the state of the church on the eve of the Reformation.