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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social and religious conflicts were articulated with reference to a wide range of primary sources, many of which are unpublished.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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The Ban on Liturgical Practice in Antey and Torgnon, 1525–1530: New Perspectives on a Confessional Controversy


This chapter will examine the events relating to the ban on liturgical practices imposed on the parishes of Antey and Torgnon in the Valley of Aosta in the period 1525 to 1530, following the spread of Reformist ideas among their inhabitants. This ban was the only one imposed in the diocese of Aosta, where the Reformers seem to have had no opportunity to challenge successfully the authority of the Catholic Church: the Church had been able to repel any attempt at questioning its power and its role in the diocese, even though it was situated on the Swiss border, an area which had already embraced the Reform. In light of this context, it is interesting to clarify some of the reasons which prevented the rest of the Valley of Aosta from embracing the Reform in the crucial years between 1520 and 1550.

These events have been the subject of earlier research, notably by Bishop Joseph-Auguste Duc at the beginning of the twentieth century and, more recently, by Leo Sandro Di Tommaso who published a significant article on them in 2001.1 Notwithstanding this research, the episode merits further study, not least because it may promote a better understanding of why some of the inhabitants of Antey and Torgnon embraced the Reformation even if the remaining parishes and, more generally, the whole diocese did not.2 In this respect, the complexity of the feudal situation ← 215 | 216 → in the Aosta Valley and, in particular, in the Valtournenche area, where...

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