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Basel, Council of
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The Council of Basel was a reform council that convened from 1431 to 1437/1449 (it moved to Lausanne in 1448). It concerned itself with church reform, the Hussite controversy, but also with peace in Christendom and negotiations with the Eastern Church. The council summoned in 1431 under Martin V in conformity with the Decree of Constance (“Frequens”) was immediately dissolved by Eugenius, but he was compelled to confirm it in 1433. The code of order of the council, which was based on university and municipal corporations, opened the meeting…

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Smolinsky, Heribert, “Basel, Council of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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