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Reading Augustine in the ReformationThe Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620$
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Arnoud S. Q. Visser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765935

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765935.001.0001

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How to Find the Right Argument

How to Find the Right Argument

Bibliographies and Indexes

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(p.63) 4 How to Find the Right Argument
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Reading Augustine in the Reformation
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Arnoud S. Q. Visser (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765935.003.0005

The overwhelming size of Augustine's oeuvre invited mechanisms by which readers could find and organize relevant passages. This chapter examines two prominent search instruments: bibliographies and indexes. Both products of particular scholarly reading styles themselves, these search tools regulated access to Augustine for generations of readers. Moreover, as influential starting-points for anthologizers and preachers, their impact went beyond individual editions. This chapter first explores the presentation of Augustine by three key bibliographers in the long sixteenth century, Joannes Trithemius, Conrad Gesner and Antonio Possevino. Their different descriptions of Augustine's works reflect substantial changes in the intellectual world. The second part of the chapter is devoted to the history of indexes, showing how they filtered and framed the interpretation of Augustine's works to suit particular confessional agendas.

Keywords:   Augustine of Hippo, search instruments, indexes, bibliography, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, censorship, Joannes Trithemius, Conrad Gesner, Antonio Possevino

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