of Magdeburg were Protestant ecclesiastical historians who, between 1559 and 1574, produced a massive history, The Magdebourg Centuries, to defend their religious claims.
They equivocate, insult the maiores, pay little or no heed to the Fathers, ridicule bishops, and "spit out the judgment and consensus of the church." (32) Theodore Beza, Calvin's successor in Geneva, calls Origen "the choice tool of the devil," and the Lutheran Magdeburg Centuriators think of John Chrysostom as "the immoderate encomiast of good works." (33)
The De verbi Dei corruptelis was Canisius's response to the Magdeburg Centuriators. According to Otto Braunsberger, Canisius referred to Augustine some 670 times, more than he referred to any other Church Father; in fact, he acclaimed Augustine "the light of theologians" and "virtually the prince of theologians." His last substantial publication was a series of meditations in two volumes on the Gospel readings for every Sunday and major feast days of the liturgical year, the Notae evangelicae (1591-1593).
"Matthew Parker, John Bale, and the Magdeburg Centuriators
." Sixteenth Century Journal 12, no.
As a "vital omnipresent force in the Reformation era," history, specifically ecclesiastical history, "had a more or less pronounced confessional slant, but this did not mean that all historical investigation froze into a rigid pattern," above all because of the significant contributions to historiography of the Centuriators
and of Baronius (390-91).
After he became a Protestant, he was in contact with the polemicists known as the Magdeburg Centuriators
, Lutherans who intended to write biographies of what they considered to be witnesses of the true faith--often in conflict with the ecclesiastical establishment--during the previous centuries of the Church.
Polman's L'Element historique dans la controverse religieuse du XVIe siecle -- even though that work is not cited, and even though the terminus ad quem rules out any consideration of the Magdeburg Centuriators
This Protestant scheme was first seen in the work of German historians such as Johann Sleidan and the Centuriators
of Magdeburg, and it was imported into England when the Marian exiles recrossed the Channel after 1558.(13)
Thus we are given nice reflective pieces on Eusebius of Caesarea, Bede, the Centuriators
of Magdeburg, Baronius, Harnack, and others.