Patterns of Piety

Women, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England

Author: Christine Peters

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521580625

Category: History

Page: 389

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This book offers a new interpretation of the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism in the English Reformation, and explores its implications for an understanding of women and gender. It argues that late medieval Christocentric piety shaped the nature of the Reformation, and reasseses assumptions that the 'loss' of the Virgin Mary and the saints was detrimental to women. In defining the representative frail Christian as a woman devoted to Christ, the Reformation could not be an alien environment for women, while the Christocentric tradition encouraged the questioning of gender stereotypes.

Marian Moments in Early Modern British Drama

Author: Lisa Hopkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317100662

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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Concerning itself with the complex interplay between iconoclasm against images of the Virgin Mary in post-Reformation England and stage representations that evoke various 'Marian moments' from the medieval, Catholic past, this collection answers the call for further investigation of the complex relationship between the fraught religio-political culture of the early modern period and the theater that it spawned. Joining historians in rejecting the received belief that Catholicism could be turned on and off like a water spigot in response to sixteenth-century religious reform, the early modern British theater scholars in this collection turn their attention to the vestiges of Catholic tradition and culture that leak out in stage imagery, plot devices, and characterization in ways that are not always clearly engaged in the business of Protestant panegyric or polemic. Among the questions they address are: What is the cultural function of dramatic Marian moments? Are Marian moments nostalgic for, or critical of, the 'Old Faith'? How do Marian moments negotiate the cultural trauma of iconoclasm and/or the Reformation in early modern England? Did these stage pictures of Mary provide subversive touchstones for the Old Faith of particular import to crypto-Catholic or recusant members of the audience?

Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance

Invisible Acts

Author: Kim Solga

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230274056

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

View: 4543

Examining some of the most iconic texts in English theatre history, including Titus Andronicus and The Changeling, this book, now in paperback with a new Preface, reveals the pernicious erasure of rape and violence against women in the early modern era and the politics and ethics of rehearsing these negotiations on the 20th and 21st century stages.

Räume, Gesten, Andachtsformen

Geschlecht, Konflikt und religiöse Kultur im europäischen Mittelalter

Author: Gabriela Signori

Publisher: N.A


Category: Christian art and symbolism

Page: 180

View: 443

Kirchen waren im Mittelalter ausgespochen multifunktionale Gebäude. Die Arbeit untersucht im ersten Teil den Kirchenraum als Andachts- und Versammlungsort der Gemeinde. Dabei werden, unter anderem, mediale Aspekte etwa des Kirchenraums oder der Kanzel untersucht. Der Innenraum der Kirche oder die Kanzel wurden beispielsweise oft mit (meist didaktischen) Texten beschriftet. Der zweite Teil widmet sich dem Benehmen in der Kirche, das durch "Laienregeln" tradiert wurde. Abgerundet wird die Studie durch die Untersuchung häuslicher Andachtsformen, wie etwa Hausaltäre und Andachtsliteratur.

The End of Satisfaction

Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare

Author: Heather Hirschfeld

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801470625

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 7806

In The End of Satisfaction, Heather Hirschfeld recovers the historical specificity and the conceptual vigor of the term “satisfaction” during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Focusing on the term’s significance as an organizing principle of Christian repentance, she examines the ways in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries dramatized the consequences of its re- or de-valuation in the process of Reformation doctrinal change. The Protestant theology of repentance, Hirschfeld suggests, underwrote a variety of theatrical plots “to set things right” in a world shorn of the prospect of “making enough” (satisfacere). Hirschfeld’s semantic history traces today’s use of “satisfaction”—as an unexamined measure of inward gratification rather than a finely nuanced standard of relational exchange—to the pressures on legal, economic, and marital discourses wrought by the Protestant rejection of the Catholic sacrament of penance (contrition, confession, satisfaction) and represented imaginatively on the stage. In so doing, it offers fresh readings of the penitential economies of canonical plays including Dr. Faustus, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Merchant of Venice, and Othello; considers the doctrinal and generic importance of lesser-known plays including Enough Is as Good as a Feast and Love’s Pilgrimage; and opens new avenues into the study of literature and repentance in early modern England.

The Blind Devotion of the People

Popular Religion and the English Reformation

Author: Robert Whiting

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521424394

Category: History

Page: 316

View: 777

A major investigation of the English Reformation, based primarily on original research in the south-west.

Catholic and Reformed

The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640

Author: Anthony Milton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521893299

Category: History

Page: 620

View: 7440

Challenging account of religious controversy between Catholic and Protestant before the Civil War.

What is Masculinity?

Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World

Author: J. Arnold,S. Brady

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230307256

Category: Social Science

Page: 461

View: 8172

Across history, the ideas and practices of male identity have varied much between time and place: masculinity proves to be a slippery concept, not available to all men, sometimes even applied to women. This book analyses the dynamics of 'masculinity' as both an ideology and lived experience - how men have tried, and failed, to be 'Real Men'.

The Rise and Fall of Merry England

The Ritual Year, 1400-1700

Author: Ronald Hutton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 366

View: 9301

An entertaining book that breaks new scholarly ground, The Rise and Fall of Merry England explores the rituals which marked the passage of the year in late medieval and early modern England. Treating both religious and secular rituals, and both popular and elite ones, Hutton tells how they altered over time in response to political, religious, and social change. He also addresses some key issues in English history: the character and pace of the Reformation; the context of beloved writers like Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick; the origins of the science of folklore; and the impact of the English Revolution. A comprehensive work that breaks several frontiers, this highly readable book will delight all those interested in English history and folklore.

The Hollow Crown

A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages

Author: Miri Rubin

Publisher: Allan Lane


Category: Great Britain

Page: 379

View: 9136

There is no more haunting, compelling period in Britain's history than the later middle ages. II and Henry VI, tragic inadequates killed by their failure to use their power, and Richard III, the demon king. population, the Peasants' Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Agincourt. tombs that still dominate the landscape, the birth of the English language in The Canterbury Tales. For the first time in a generation, a historian has had the vision and confidence to write a spell-binding account of the era immortalised by Shakespeare's history plays. long lost - a strange, Catholic, rural country of monks, peasants, knights and merchants, almost perpetually at war - but continues to define so much of England's national myth.