Catholic Bible Publishing in the Vernacular after the Council of Trent: A European Overview
François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles, Florida State University
Many assume that the great reformers’ insistence on using the Bible in the vernacular led the Catholic church to prohibit reading the scripture in languages other than Latin for four centuries, from the council of Trent in 1545 – 1563 until the Vatican II council of 1962 – 1965. Professor Dupuigrenet will show that the Trent decrees allowed for some flexibility and could be ignored altogether, which produced a situation in which Catholic production of Bibles in the vernacular could be totally thwarted, as in Italy and Spain, or prove to be one of the most lucrative editorial endeavors of the whole early modern period, as in France and the Southern Netherlands. He will delineate the geography and chronology of a forgotten book, a kind of ghost, the Catholic vernacular Bible.
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