Recreating lay people's experience of the religion of the pre-Reformation church, this text argues that late-medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong & vigorous tradition, & that the Reformation represented a violent rupture from a popular & thoroughly respectable religious system. Previous ed.: 1992.
Traditional Religion in England, C.1400-c.1580
Author: Eamon Duffy
Publisher: Yale University Press
This reader fills a gap in classroom offerings by exploring historians' ongoing attempt to understand the social and cultural aspects of medieval Christianity. James L. Halverson organizes his selections around two central questions: what do we mean when we say that medieval Europe was a Christian culture, and what did it mean to be a Christian in the Middle Ages? He argues that the diversity of medieval society over time and space defies the simple answers given in textbooks and that students of medieval religion must have more exposure to issues such as class, gender, and literacy. This carefully selected and provocative collection of key works in the field will provide an invaluable introduction to the medieval world.
Readings in Medieval Religion and Culture
Author: James L. Halverson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
The book explores those aspects of Donald MacKinnon's theological writings which challenge the claim of the liberal Catholic tradition in the Church of England to have forged an ecclesiological consensus, namely that the Church is the extension of the incarnation. MacKinnon destabilized this claim by exposing the wide gulf between theory and practice in that church, especially in his own Anglo-Catholic tradition within it. For him the collapse of Christendom is the occasion for a dialectical reconstruction of the relation of the Church to Jesus Christ and to the world on the basis of the gospel. His basic claim is that authentic ecclesial existence must correspond with what was revealed and effected by Jesus along his way from Galilee to Jerusalem to Galilee. Reflection on the Church thus takes the form of a lived response shaped by a Christocentric grammar of faith: the submission of the church to Jesus' contemporaneous interrogation, a sustained attentiveness to him and the willing embrace of his 'hour'.
From Galilee to Jerusalem to Galilee
Author: Timothy G. Connor
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This incomparable volume presents a comprehensive exploration and explanation of medieval liturgical celebrations. The reverent prayers, hymns and rubrics used in the Middle Ages are described in detail and interpreted through the commentary of scholars from the same time period, the era which is also known as the "Age of Faith." Collected here is a wide range of ceremonies, encompassing the seven sacraments, the major feasts of the liturgical year (such as Christmas, Easter, and Corpus Christi), and special liturgical rites (from the coronation of the pope to the blessing of expectant mothers). The sacred celebrations have been drawn from countries across western and central Europe--from Portugal to Poland--but particular attention has been given to liturgical texts of medieval Spain, which until now have received relatively little attention from scholars. Historian James Monti has done exhaustive research on medieval liturgical manuscripts, early printed missals, and the writings of medieval liturgists and theologians so that the treasures they contain can inspire a sense of the sacred in future generations of Catholics.
Roman Catholic Worship in the Middle Ages
Author: James Monti
Publisher: Ignatius Press
The first comprehensive survey of the religious, social and cultural life of late medieval and Reformation parishes covers town and country, northern as well as southern communities, and provides an indication of the European setting just before and just after the enormous social and religious changes of the 16th century. 15 illustrations.
Author: Katherine L. French,Gary G. Gibbs,Beat A. Kümin
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Winner of the MRDS 2013 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies! Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, Lin reconstructs playgoers' typical ways of thinking and feeling and demonstrates how these culturally-trained habits of mind shaped dramatic narratives and the presentational dynamics of onstage action.
Author: E. Lin
Category: Literary Criticism
A Companion to Tudor Britain provides an authoritativeoverview of historical debates about this period, focusing on thewhole British Isles. An authoritative overview of scholarly debates about TudorBritain Focuses on the whole British Isles, exploring what was commonand what was distinct to its four constituent elements Emphasises big cultural, social, intellectual, religious andeconomic themes Describes differing political and personal experiences of thetime Discusses unusual subjects, such as the sense of the pastamongst British constituent identities, the relationship ofcultural forms to social and political issues, and the role ofscientific inquiry Bibliographies point readers to further sources ofinformation
Author: Robert Tittler,Norman L. Jones
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Der Band enthalt Beitrage zum Thema: Konfessionalisierung als wissenschaftliches Paradigma u Fruehmoderne Staatsbildung und Bedeutung des Konfessionellen u Standische Kultur und Konfessionalisierung u Sozialverfassung und Konfessionalisierung u Ausblick: Die Grenzen der Konfessionalisierung. Die Folgen der Gegenreformation fuer die Habsburgerlander (1650-1781) "Der vorliegende Band ist ueber sein eigentliches Thema hinaus von groaer Bedeutung, die sich aus der nicht zuletzt in dieser Zeitschrift gefuehrten Debatte um die Lage des Faches Osteuropaische Geschichte ergibt. Entgegen dem Kassandraruf einer Selbstisolation des Faches zeugt der hier vorgestellte Titel von einer groaen Lebendigkeit der Ostmitteleuropahistorie." osteuropa "aein sehr wichtiger Beitrag zur Erforschung der Konfessionalisierung in den Habsburgischen Landern. Fuer die zukuenftige internationale Forschung wurde so ein Grundstein gelegt." Zeitschrift fuer Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung.
Wirkungen des religiösen Wandels im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert in Staat, Gesellschaft und Kultur
Author: Joachim Bahlcke,Arno Strohmeyer
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
The principal liturgies of Holy Week underwent a series of reVisions between 1951 and 2011. In this book, noted liturgist Paul Turner charts the rubrics and prayers of the current rites paragraph by paragraph, explaining the historical development of individual components, how and why the post 'Vatican II liturgical reform made its reVisions, and where the Roman Missal, Third Edition has added nuances. This book will help ministers, liturgists, catechists, and al the faithful enter more deeply into the mystery of the cross of Christ, their glory and their hope. Pal Turner is a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph, where he serves as pastor of St. Munchin Catholic Church in Cameron, Missouri. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Saint' Anselmo in Rome and has served as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. His books include Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass (Liturgical Press, 2006).
Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal
Author: Paul Turner
Publisher: Liturgical Press
- Winner of the Hawthornden Prize for Literature.
Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
Author: Eamon Duffy
Publisher: Yale University Press
German description: Fur die HerausgeberInnen des aktuellen Jahrbuchs stehen im Mittelpunkt des liturgischen Teils dieses Bandes neben der Darstellung der in Deutschland lebenden Erben der Evangelischen Zisterzienser auch die kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Luthers aSinflutgebet. Dabei wird mitunter der Frage nachgegangen, ob Luther den Text einst selbst verfasste oder fur dessen Entstehung mittelalterliche Quellen herangezogen hatte. Dem folgen Uberlegungen zur Geschichte der Konfirmation und zum Zusammenhang zwischen Konfirmation und Jugendweihe. Der hymnologische Teil bietet ein breites Spektrum an wissenschaftlicher Reflexion zum geistlichen Singen, von den reformatorischen Anfangen uber katholische Katechismuslieder und danische Choralbucher bis zu popkultureller Musik. Literaturberichte erschliessen den wissenschaftlichen Stand in beiden Fachbereichen.
Author: Karl-Heinrich Bieritz
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Author: Wolfgang Riehle
Category: Christian literature, English (Middle)
Fundamentally revising our understanding of the nature and intellectual contours of early English Protestantism, Karl Gunther argues that sixteenth-century English evangelicals were calling for reforms and envisioning godly life in ways that were far more radical than have hitherto been appreciated. Typically such ideas have been seen as later historical developments, associated especially with radical Puritanism, but Gunther's work draws attention to their development in the earliest decades of the English Reformation. Along the way, the book offers new interpretations of central episodes in this period of England's history, such as the 'Troubles at Frankfurt' under Mary and the Elizabethan vestments controversy. By shedding new light on early English Protestantism, the book ultimately casts the later development of Puritanism in a new light, enabling us to re-situate it in a history of radical Protestant thought that reaches back to the beginnings of the English Reformation itself.
Protestant Visions of Reform in England, 1525–1590
Author: Karl Gunther
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
In Great Britain during the Romantic period, governmental and social structures were becoming more secular as religion was privatized and depoliticized. If the discretionary nature of religious practice permitted spiritual freedom and social differentiation, however, secular arrangements produced new anxieties. Unquiet Things investigates the social and political disorders that arise within modern secular cultures and their expression in works by Jane Austen, Horace Walpole, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley among others. Emphasizing secularism rather than religion as its primary analytic category, Unquiet Things demonstrates that literary writing possesses a distinctive ability to register the discontent that characterizes the mood of secular modernity. Colin Jager places Romantic-era writers within the context of a longer series of transformations begun in the Reformation, and identifies three ways in which romanticism and secularism interact: the melancholic mood brought on by movements of reform, the minoritizing capacity of literature to measure the disturbances produced by new arrangements of state power, and a prospective romantic thinking Jager calls "after the secular." The poems, novels, and letters of the romantic period reveal uneasy traces of the spiritual past, haunted by elements that trouble secular politics; at the same time, they imagine new and more equitable possibilities for the future. In the twenty-first century, Jager contends, we are still living within the terms of the romantic response to secularism, when literature and philosophy first took account of the consequences of modernity.
Secularism in the Romantic Age
Author: Colin Jager
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This Is the Night is a work of "liturgical theology," understood as a theology inspired or informed by the liturgies of Christian Holy Week. In the context of modernity in crisis, it is an attempt to think with the principal liturgies of the "PaschalTriduum" - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter - about human suffering. The author works from an analysis of the structure of the Christian paschal liturgies to offer an account of suffering that is more compassionate and honest than that of western modernity. Moreover, this account is the theoretical correlate of an ethic performed by the paschal liturgies: their structure and rhythm give rise not only to an account of suffering and its remedy, but to a compassionate practice into which Christians are called. In both the philosophical and the popular imagination, modernity is a context in which "progress" is the defining human telos. Because of this commitment to progress, modernity is often allergic to the concrete pain and horror of suffering. Modernity sidelines suffering as an unfortunate but necessary moment in the course of human progress, not infrequently because it is a byproduct of our "progress" - our technical mastery of nature and leadership of global capitalization. In this context, suffering is more a concept than an existential fact or experience. Yet downplaying human suffering in this way creates even greater suffering, by anesthetizing us to its effect on human beings. Some of the critics of modernity also criticize Christianity as a religious version of the modern myth of progress, or even as its very source. Inspired in part by the political theology of Johann Metz and by the liturgical scholarship of Don Saliers, Robert Taft, and others, the author argues instead that in the liturgies of Holy Week, the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ form a context in which Christians recognize human suffering not as an unfortunate moment on the way to salvation but as the very field of God's saving activity. That divine activity is saving precisely as we enter into it by practice. To be saved - to enter into an abundant and vigorous human life - is to become a priestly people, orienting ourselves toward suffering in the same way that Jesus Christ did, facing it with courage where necessary and resisting its ravages where possible.
Suffering, Salvation, and the Liturgies of Holy Week
Author: James W. Farwell
Publisher: A&C Black
In graduate theology programs across the United States and elsewhere, Maxwell Johnson's The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation has become a standard text. Now Johnson and Paul Bradshaw together offer a companion volume on the historical development of the liturgy and theology of the Eucharist. Like the earlier volume, this study proceeds historically, from the origins of the Eucharist up to our own day. Unlike most studies of this kind, it includes an introduction to and developmental summary of the diverse eucharistic liturgies of the Christian East. It also explores the various Western rites (Ambrosian, Gallican, and Mozarabic) in addition to the Roman. With regard to theological themes, the authors give special attention to the topics of real presence (including the "consecration" of the bread and wine) and eucharistic sacrifice, the most central and most ecumenically challenging issues since the sixteenth-century Reformations. Making the book especially teacher- and student-friendly are the summary points at the end of each chapter. Each chapter also contains an abundance of liturgical texts for ease of reference.
Their Evolution and Interpretation
Author: Paul F. Bradshaw,Maxwell E. Johnson
Publisher: Liturgical Press
The reign of Queen Mary is popularly remembered largely for her re-introduction of Catholicism into England, and especially for the persecution of Protestants, memorably described in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments. Mary's brief reign has often been treated as an aberrant interruption of England's march to triumphant Protestantism, a period of political sterility, foreign influence and religious repression rightly eclipsed by the happier reign of her more sympathetic half-sister, Elizabeth. In pursuit of a more balanced assessment of Mary's religious policies, this volume explores the theology, pastoral practice and ecclesiastical administration of the Church in England during her reign. Focusing on the neglected Catholic renaissance which she ushered in, the book traces its influences and emphases, its methods and its rationales - together the role of Philip's Spanish clergy and native English Catholics - in relation to the wider influence of the continental Counter Reformation and Mary's humanist learning. Measuring these issues against the reintroduction of papal authority into England, and the balance between persuasion and coercion used by the authorities to restore Catholic worship, the volume offers a more nuanced and balanced view of Mary's religious policies. Addressing such intriguing and under-researched matters from a variety of literary, political and theological perspectives, the essays in this volume cast new light, not only on Marian Catholicism, but also on the wider European religious picture.
Author: Eamon Duffy,David Loades
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
For nearly eighteen centuries, two fundamental spatial plans dominated Christian architecture: the basilica and the central plan. In the 1880s, however, profound socio-economic and technological changes in the United States contributed to the rejection of these traditions and the development of a radically new worship building, the auditorium church. When Church Became Theatre focuses on this radical shift in evangelical Protestant architecture and links it to changes in worship style and religious mission. The auditorium style, featuring a prominent stage from which rows of pews radiated up a sloping floor, was derived directly from the theatre, an unusual source for religious architecture but one with a similar goal-to gather large groups within range of a speaker's voice. Theatrical elements were prominent; many featured proscenium arches, marquee lighting, theatre seats, and even opera boxes. Examining these churches and the discussions surrounding their development, Jeanne Halgren Kilde focuses on how these buildings helped congregations negotiate supernatural, social, and personal power. These worship spaces underscored performative and entertainment aspects of the service and in so doing transformed relationships between clergy and audiences. In auditorium churches, the congregants' personal and social power derived as much from consumerism as from piety, and clerical power lay in dramatic expertise rather than connections to social institutions. By erecting these buildings, argues Kilde, middle class religious audiences demonstrated the move toward a consumer-oriented model of religious participation that gave them unprecedented influence over the worship experience and church mission.
The Transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America
Author: Jeanne Halgren Kilde
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This volume is the first to explore the breadth of vision types in late medieval English lay spirituality. Analyzing 1000+ accounts, it proposes that visions buttressed five core dynamics (relating to purgatory, saints, demons, sacramental faith, and the Church's authority).
Lay Spirituality and Sacred Glimpses of the Hidden Worlds of Faith
Author: Gwenfair Walters Adams