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The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent

Council of Trent

The Council, depicted by Cati da Iesi

Short Description

The Council of Trent (1545–1563) was convoked to define the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church challenged by the Protestant reformers, an antagonism that had profound effects on the shaping of modern Europe. This copy of its canons and decrees also contains an augmented list of banned books drawn up by the Inquisition in 1557.

Remnant Trust Description

Held in twenty-five sessions at the northern Italian city of Trent between 1545 and 1563, the Council of Trent, or the Nineteenth Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church, was convoked as a response to the Protestant Reformation. The main thrust of the Council was to officially define the dogmas and doctrines of the Church challenged by the Protestant reformers. In this, the resulting canons and decrees—addressing such points as the nature of salvation, the biblical canon and its interpretation, and the number of the sacraments – served to finalize the rift between the two groups, an antagonism which had profound effects on the shaping of modern Europe and, by extension, the world at large. This copy is dated to 1670.