An Invaluable Reformation Resource (Wessel Gansfort)

This is just fantastic! I ran across Wessel Gansfort a few years ago while researching the connections between conciliarism and the Reformation, and found him to be a pivotal figure who was very influential upon Luther. These books are incredibly expensive if you try to buy them, but the fine folks at Google Books have managed to digitize BOTH volumes of Gansfort’s works. This is an invaluable resource for understanding the influences on Luther’s Reformation. I highly recommend them. Here’s Volume 1, and here’s Volume 2.

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5 Responses to An Invaluable Reformation Resource (Wessel Gansfort)

  1. kepha says:

    Thanks for posting this, Tim!

  2. Steven Augustine Badal says:

    Brother Tim,

    Love your site! Keep up the good work. I figured, of all people, you could best direct me to where I might find an anthology of Marsilius of Padua’s works in English? I could with much pain work through the Latin, but would prefer not to for reason of time and proficiency (lack thereof).

    Let me know, dear Brother.

    St. Worm

  3. Steven Augustine Badal says:

    One other thing. I was reading the Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on Wessel Gansfort (I dl’d the two files from Googlebooks — leave it to the world to preserve our history!), and for all its valuable information it seemed more like a pamphlet defending him against any hint of Protestantism. The Catholic Enyclopedia is a great resource generally, but sounds so propagandistic that it’s hard to keep from wondering if it’s not a bit, ahem, biased. :)

  4. Tim Enloe says:

    Steven, yes, the Catholic Encyclopedia is generally very biased against the conciliarists and their cause. They go out of their way to make Gerson and D’Ailly look like confused ecclesiastical opportunists unduly influenced by evil heretics like Ockham and Marsilius. Take most of what the CE says about these men and the issues of their day with a HUGE grain of salt.

    Unfortunately, Google Books doesn’t have Marsilius – I already checked. I’m not aware of any Marsilius anthologies (as far as I know, we only have three works of his, the Defensor Pacis, the Defensor Minor, and the De Translatione Imperii). Defensor Pacis is his big treatise on what’s wrong with the papacy of his day, and it’s not only very long but very complex in argument. Defensor Minor is his later summary of the larger work, and is much more readable. De Translatione Imperii is a critical analysis of the papacy’s claim to have “transferred” the Empire from the Romans to the Germans, and really, to have the power to dispose of the Empire to whomever it wishes whenever it wishes. I just checked, and you can get all three works used for pretty cheap. On the Defensor Pacis, I recommend getting the version by Alan Gewirth, as he has much useful commentary on the text.

  5. Gavin Parker says:

    ok, so i think the big question is

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