Cristopher M. Bellitto

The Early Church in the Late Middle Ages. Nicolas de Clamanges and the ecclesia primitiva

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Keywords: Church Reform; Early Church; Council of Constance.

High medieval Church reformers turned to the early church for exempla to counter-act what they saw in their contemporary context as a devolved institution. This effort culminated with early modern Protestant voices who frequently saw the church's present and future in terms of a recovery of its past. Sometimes lost between the high Middle Ages and the Sixteenth Century are late medieval voices calling for reform in a similar fashion. This article attends to one of those late medieval voices, the Parisian humanist and reformer Nicolas de Clamanges (c. 1363-1437), and explores the early models for reform he drew from the fathers and classical antiquity.

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