A Companion to the Great Western Schism (1378-1417)

A Companion to the Great Western Schism (1378-1417)

Edited by Joëlle Rollo-Koster and Thomas M. Izbicki
Brill, 2009
ISBN: 978 90 04 16277 8

The division of the Church or Schism that took place between 1378 and 1417 had no precedent in Christianity. No conclave since the twelfth century had acted as had those in April and September 1378, electing two concurrent popes. This crisis was neither an issue of the authority claimed by the pope and the Holy Roman Emperor nor an issue of authority and liturgy. The Great Western Schism was unique because it forced upon Christianity a rethinking of the traditional medieval mental frame. It raised question of personality, authority, human fallibility, ecclesiastical jurisdiction and taxation, and in the end responsibility in holding power and authority. This collection presents the broadest range of experiences, center and periphery, clerical and lay, male and female, Christian and Muslim. Theology, including exegesis of Scripture, diplomacy, French literature, reform, art, and finance all receive attention.



Introduction: The Great Schism and the Scholarly Record, Joëlle Rollo-Koster and Thomas M. Izbicki

Civil Violence and The Initiation of the Schism, Joëlle Rollo-Koster

Luxury and Extravagance at the Papal Court in Avignon and the Outbreak of the Great Western Schism, Stefan Weiß

Local Experiences of the Great Western Schism, Philip Daileader

The Conceptualization and Imagery of the Great Schism, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
Witness to the Schism: The Writings of Honorat Bovet, Michael Hanly


Byzantium, Islam, and the Great Western Schism, Michael A. Ryan

Seeking Legitimacy: Art and Manuscripts for the Popes in Avignon from 1378 to 1417, Cathleen A. Fleck

The Reform Context of the Great Western Schism, Christopher M. Bellitto

Extra ecclesiam salus non est—sed quae ecclesia?: Ecclesiology and Authority in the Later Middle Ages, David Zachariah Flanagin

The Authority of Peter and Paul: The Use of Biblical Authority during the Great Schism, Thomas M. Izbicki

The Council of Constance (1414–18) and the End of the Schism, Philip H. Stump

Conclusion: The Shadow of the Schism, Thomas M. Izbicki

Readership: All those interested in the history of the Church, papal, social and cultural history, the history of religious institutions, and historico-cultural issues.