Index of Forbidden Books

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The Index of Forbidden Books (Latin, Index Librorum Prohibitorum), also called the Index and the List of Forbidden Books, was a list of books and publications prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church. This was published during the Renaissance era in response to humanist works.[1]

The original publication of the Index was by decree of papal bull.[2]


  1. Kagan, Donald, Steven E. Ozment, and Frank M. Turner. "Europe in Transition, 1300-1750." The Western Heritage. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2001. 340. Print.
  2. Hilgers, Joesph. "Index of Prohibited Books." Catholic Encyclopedia (1910). New Advent. Web. 10 May 2010. <>.