Section 1: Renaissance & Reform


  1. The Church, Humanism & the Renaissance
  2. The Protestant Reformation
  3. The Anglican Schism
  4. The Catholic Reformation
  5. The Council of Trent
  6. The Renewal of the Church after the Council
  7. The Catholic Reform & Protestantism from 1555 to 1648


  1. The Church, Humanism & the Renaissance VIEW
  2. The Protestant Reformation VIEW
  3. The Council of Trent & the Catholic Reform VIEW



Orlandis, J., A Short History of the Catholic Church, (Dublin: Four Courts, 1985), pp. 85-105.

Armenio, P., The History of the Church: Parish Edition, (Downers Grove: MTF, 2014), pp. 120-151.



On the Renaissance

Armenio, P., Complete Course, pp. 424-462.

John Paul II, Letter to Artists, 4 April 1999, nn. 9-10. VIEW

On the Protestant Reformation & the Wars of Religion

Rex, R., The Making of Martin Luther, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017), Excerpts Chapter 4. VIEW

Armenio, P., Complete Course, pp.464-478; 510-524; 531-542.

On the Anglican Schism

Armenio, P., Complete Course, pp.479-486; 525-530.

Duffy, E., Reformation Divided: Catholics, Protestants and the Conversion of England, (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).

Duffy, E., The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England c. 1400-1580, 2nd ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005).

Haigh, C., English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society Under the Tudors, (Oxford: OUP, 1993).

Jedin, H., “Schism and Reformation in England,” in History of the Church V, Hubert Jedin and John Dolan (eds), (New York: Seabury Press, 1980) pp.327-339. VIEW

Rex, R., “The Religion of Henry VIII.” The Historical Journal, 57, no. 1 (2014): 1–32. VIEW

Act of Supremacy (1534). Statutes of the Realm, III. | VIEW

Pius V, Bull, Regnans in Excelsis (1570). | VIEW

On the Catholic Reformation

Armenio, P., Complete Course, pp. 487-508.

Jesuit Formula | VIEW


On the Council of Trent

Armenio, P., Complete Course, pp.490-95.

The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, trans. T.A. Buckley, (London: Routledge, 1851). | VIEW



St Thomas More (2 mins) VIEW

The Life of St Thomas More (documentary, 18.16 mins) VIEW
 Philip Neri: I Prefer Heaven, 2010. 

A Man for All Seasons.