Annales Ecclesiastici

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Annales Ecclesiastici (full title Annales ecclesiastici a Christo nato ad annum 1198; "Ecclesiastical annals from Christ's nativity to 1198"), consisting of twelve folio volumes, is a history of the first 12 centuries of the Christian Church, written by Caesar Baronius.

Contents

Significance

The Annales were first published between 1588 and 1607. This work functioned as an official response to the Lutheran Historia Ecclesiae Christi (History of the Church of Christ). In that work the Magdeburg theologians surveyed the history of the Christian church in order to demonstrate how the Catholic Church represented the Antichrist and had deviated from the beliefs and practices of the early church. In turn, the Annales fully supported the claims of the papacy to lead the unique true church. [1]

Before Baronius was appointed Librarian of the Vatican in 1597, he had access to material and sources in its archives that were previously unpublished or unused. He used these in the development of his work. Accordingly, the documentation in Annales Ecclesiastici is considered by most as extremely useful and complete. Lord Acton called it "the greatest history of the Church ever written." [2]

Annales Ecclesiastici, title page for vol. IV (1601) in the Antwerp edition. Annales Ecclesiastici IV.jpg
Annales Ecclesiastici, title page for vol. IV (1601) in the Antwerp edition.

First edition

The details of the first edition are as follows: [3] [4]

VolumePublishedDates
I1588To 100 AD
II1590100 to 306
III1592To 361
IV1593361 to 395
V1594395 to 440
VI1595440 to 518
VII1596518 to 590
VIII1599590 to 714
IX1600714 to 842
X1602843 to 1000
XI16051000 to 1099
XII16071100 to 1193

The first volume dealt with Gentile prophets, among whom were Hermes Trismegistus, the supposed author of the Corpus Hermeticum , and the Sibylline Oracles of Rome. Some, it was claimed, had foreseen Christ's birth. This was disputed by post-Protestant Reformation scholars, including Isaac Casaubon in his De rebus sacris et ecclesiasticis exercitationes, XVI. [5]

Continuations

Antoine Pagi and his nephew François Pagi made corrections to the Annales in the late 17th century. Continuators of Baronius of the Early Modern period were Odorico Rainaldi, [6] Giacomo Laderchi, [7] Henri Spondanus, [8] and Abraham Bzovius. [9] In the 19th century the Annales were continued by August Theiner. [10]

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