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Political, Religious and Social Conflict in the States of Savoy, 1400–1700


Edited By Sarah Alyn Stacey

Taking conflict as its collective theme, this book brings together the work of early modern specialists to offer a range of insights into the political, social and religious climate in Savoy between 1400 and 1700. The contributors focus on the broader context of early modern European history, making clear the sometimes overlooked political and historical significance of Savoy. The volume explores the diverse mechanisms whereby political, social and religious conflicts were articulated with reference to a wide range of primary sources, many of which are unpublished. The chapters offer important perspectives on subjects such as: the diplomatic relations between the court of Savoy and certain foreign powers during a time of European unrest; the role of propaganda; the construction of national and religious identities; and persecution and resistance, notably in relation to the Reformation and the Waldensians. The conclusions that are established advance a better understanding of the history of Savoy and of the broader conflicts shaping Europe in the early modern period.


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Federico Bo The Waldensian Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin


: The Sermons and Lectionary of MS Du 267 Central to the history of conf lict in Savoy and Piedmont in the Early Modern Period is the hostility encountered by the Waldensian movement.1 In this chapter, I shall focus on a Waldensian lectionary – a book showing the Bible readings (lectiones) planned for Sundays and for the feasts of the liturgical year – preserved in the Old Library of Trinity College Dublin. This is contained in Manuscript Du 267 dating from the sixteenth centu- ry.2 I shall seek to shed light specifically on the relationship between this 1 The Waldensian movement was founded by a merchant from Lyons, Peter Valdo, who in the late twelfth century renounced his riches to follow the evangelical pre- cepts of poverty. The Waldensian movement was opposed by the Roman church, primarily because it asserted that all could read the Bible and preaching could be conducted by lay people and women. On the medieval Waldensian movement, see Jean Gonnet and Amedeo Molnár, Les Vaudois au Moyen Age (Turin: Claudiana, 1974); see also the important publications in the field by Luciana Borghi Cedrini, notably her critical editions of the Waldensian bestiary, Appunti per la lettura di un bestiario medievale. Il bestiario valdese, 2 vols (Turin: Giappichelli, 1976–1977) and of the Cambridge manuscript Dd XV 33, Cultura ‘provenzale’ e cultura ‘valdese’ nei Mettra Ceneche (‘Versi di Seneca’) del ms. Dd XV 33 (Bibl. Univ. di Cambridge) (Turin: Giappichelli, 1981); see also the collection she oversaw, ‘Antichi Testi Valdesi’,...

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