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The Council Of Constance (1414–18) And The End Of The Schism

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The Council of Constance effectively ended the Great Schism. It succeeded when earlier effortswar, arbitration, negotiation, mutual abdication of the contenders, and even earlier conciliar effortshad failed. The story of its success is an improbable one. In telling the story, this chapter emphasizes the major obstacles and the ways in which they were overcome, showing how the Council built on earlier developments, also avoiding some of the earlier pitfalls. At each point it identifies the most important secondary works, the major differences of opinion among previous scholars, and the primary sources on which their judgments are based. In early 1415, a growing consensus emerged that the via cessionis continued to be the most promising way of ending the Schism and that the Council must prevail on all three contenders, including John XXIII himself, to give up their claims.

Keywords: Council of Constance; Great Schism; John XXIII

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