Index Librorum Prohibitorum, 1564-1966

posted May 6, 2010, 1:36 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Jun 3, 2012, 11:50 PM ]
One of the most notorious results of the Council of Trent was the establishment of a list of prohibited books:
Many of the great and good appeared on this list at one time or another, although oddly enough some of the usual suspects are missing.  Charles Darwin was never banned, although his grandfather Erasmus Darwin made the list.  Mein Kampf remained a book suitable for devout Roman Catholics as well.
Among the banned writers were:
  • Stendhal
  • Victor Hugo
  • Honoré de Balzac
  • Alexandre Dumas, père
  • Alexandre Dumas, fils
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • René Descartes
  • Francis Bacon
  • Michel de Montaigne
  • Benedict Spinoza
  • John Milton
  • John Locke
  • Daniel Defoe
  • David Hume
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Edward Gibbon
  • Blaise Pascal
  • Immanual Kant
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Emile Zola
  • Benedetto Croce
  • Jean-Paul Sartre