Early Astronomy in the University of Michigan Collections

Science and Religion

The Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Index of Prohibited Books) is a list of publications banned by the Catholic Church because of their heretical or immoral content. While the Church had been publishing this sort of lists from the fifth century, the first comprehensive and universally accepted Index, greatly shaped by the recent doctrinal rules of the Council of Trent (1545-1563), was published in 1564.

The Index

Copernicus Is Canceled


Select Bibliography

  • Baldini, Ugo and Leen Spruit. 2009. Catholic Church and Modern Science: Documents from the Archives of the Roman Congregations of the Holy Office and the Index. Rome: Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
  • de Bujanda, J. M., ed. 1984-1999. Index des livres interdits. 11 vols. Sherbrooke, Québec: Centre d'études de la Renaissance, Editions de l’Université de Sherbrooke.
  • Fragnito, Gigliola. 2001. Church, Censorship, and Culture in Early Modern Italy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Grendler, Paul F. 1977. The Roman Inquisition and the Venetian Press, 1540-1605. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Marcus, Hannah. 2020. Forbidden Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Censorship in Early Modern Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Image Viewer