Owen Chadwick is the former Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge and the author of The Reformation, The Victorian Church, The Secularization of the European Mind in the Nineteenth Century, and The Popes and European Revolution. (March 2002)


Bad for the Jews

The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism

by David I. Kertzer
Five years ago David Kertzer wrote a well-received book about the kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a six-year-old Jewish boy in Bologna who, in 1858, was taken from his family with the approval of Pope Pius IX on the grounds that he had been baptized by a Catholic house servant. For …


The Second Coming: Popular Millenarianism 1780-1850

by J.F.C. Harrison
When men or women go mad, they sometimes cast their madness into religious unrealities. Insanity is not a matter for the historian, whose business is the reality of the past. Some English historians were grieved when they heard that so good a social historian as J.F.C. Harrison was spending precious …