In this slim volume about the life and work of François de Sales (1567−1622), Thomas A. Donlan tackles a very large theme. Indeed the central point of the book — to explore François de Sales’s contributions to non-violent religious cultures in Counter-Reformation French Catholicism — is so intimately tied to major historiographic debates about violence and emotions that one hopes Donlan will build upon his research findings in a further monograph. The ideas developed in The Reform of Zeal are of considerable relevance to current interdisciplinary work on ‘contentious politics’, to borrow a phrase from Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow. Violence, in all its various manifestations and in different historical contexts, is currently occupying a space to the fore of historians’ interests, not least as a result of scholarly reactions to Steven Pinker’s thesis on the subject.
|Journal||The Journal of Ecclesiastical History|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 3 Jan 2020|