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Counter-Reformation
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I. Terminology – II. Political and Legal Aspects; Spread – III. Characteristics

I. Terminology

The term was originally used mostly in the plural to denote individual legal and political measures taken against the Protestants by Roman Catholic rulers on the basis of the ius reformandi . In the singular, as Gegenreformation (cf. Fr. contreréforme, Ital. controriforma) in L. v. Ranke's Deutsche Geschichte im Zeitalter der Reformation (1839–1847),…

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Kaufmann, Thomas, “Counter-Reformation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08220>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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