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Lyndal Roper - Author

About the Author

Lyndal Roper is Regius Professor of History at Oxford and one of the most respected historians at work in Britain today. An expert on early modern Germany, her previous books include a study of witchcraft, Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany. In 2016 she received the prestigious Gerda Henkel Foundation Prize for her work on Luther and the Reformation.

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Odipus und der Teufel

Odipus und der Teufel

Author: Lyndal Roper Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2017

Warum totet eine Frau ihr Kind? Warum gesteht eine andere, mit dem Teufel wie Mann und Frau gelebt zu haben? Warum beschaftigt ein beruhmter Bankier und Kaufmann eine Dorfhellseherin? Und was verbirgt sich hinter der fruhneuzeitlichen Mode der opulenten Schamkapseln? Lyndal Roper bietet uberraschende Einblicke in eine fremde und doch begreifbare Welt.Ihr gelingt es, der Historiographie der Fruhen Neuzeit einen entscheidenden Impuls zu verleihen. Mit feinem, aber festem Strich fugt sie dem Bild vom ausschlielich sozial und kulturell gepragten Individuum, wie es uns seit Max Weber und Norbert Elias vertraut ist, eine neue Dimension hinzu: Lyndal Roper fragt nach den psychischen und physischen Aspekten individuellen Handelns, nach der Bedeutung des Irrationalen und Unbewuten fur die Geschichte, nach der Bedeutung des Korpers und schlielich nach der Beziehung dieser Aspekte zur Geschlechterdifferenz.(Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Martin Luther

Martin Luther

Author: Lyndal Roper Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2017

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZE 2017 'A magnificent study of one of history's most compelling and divisive figures' Richard J. Evans When Martin Luther nailed a sheet of paper to the church door of a small university town in 1517, he set off a process that changed the Western world for ever. Within a few years Luther's ideas had spread like wildfire. His attempts to reform Christianity by returning it to its biblical roots split the Western Church, divided Europe and polarised people's beliefs, leading to religious persecution, social unrest and war; and in the long run his ideas would help break the grip of religion on every sphere of life. Yet Luther was a deeply flawed human being: a fervent believer tormented by spiritual doubts; a prolific writer whose translation of the Bible would shape the German language yet whose attacks on his opponents were vicious and foul-mouthed; a married ex-monk who liberated human sexuality from the stigma of sin but who insisted that women should know their place; a religious fundamentalist, Jew-hater and political reactionary who called `for the private and public murder of the peasants' who had risen against their lords in response to his teaching. And perhaps surprisingly, the man who helped create in the modern world was not modern himself: for him the devil was not a figure of speech but a real, physical presence. As an acclaimed historian, Lyndal Roper explains how Luther's impact can only be understood against the background of the times. As a brilliant biographer, she gives us the flesh-and-blood figure. She reveals the often contradictory psychological forces that drove Luther forward and the dynamics they unleashed, which turned a small act of protest into a battle against the power of the Church. A New Statesman, Spectator, History Today, Guardian and Sunday Times Book of the Year

Der Mensch Martin Luther

Der Mensch Martin Luther

Author: Lyndal Roper Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2016

Ein neues Bild Martin Luthers, eine einfuhlsame, mehrfach ausgezeichnete Biographie, die uns Luther so nahe bringt wie nie zuvor. Hier erfahren wir, wer Luther wirklich war und warum gerade er zum groen Reformator wurde, der die Welt aus den Angeln hob. Die renommierte Oxford-Historikerin Lyndal Roper hat sich aufgemacht, Luthers ganze Personlichkeit zu verstehen, seine innere Welt und die Beziehungen zu seinen Freunden nachzuvollziehen. Dafur hat sie seine Schriften und vor allem seine Briefe noch einmal neu gelesen und zahlreiche Dokumente uber Luther und sein Umfeld ausgewertet. Sie schildert den Reformator als Mann, der mit beiden Beinen im Leben stand, als Menschen aus Fleisch und Blut. Fur Luther waren der Korper und die Sexualitat Teil des Mensch-Seins, er wollte den Korper vom Makel der Sunde befreien. Sein Glaube an die Einheit von Korper und Geist fuhrt zum Kern seiner Theologie, der zu einem der groen Streitpunkte des Christentums werden sollte: Luthers unumstoliche Uberzeugung, dass Christus bei der Eucharistie leibhaftig anwesend ist. Erst durch die lebendige Darstellung von Luthers innerer Entwicklung wie auch seiner Beziehungen und Freundschaften wird deutlich, warum und wie es zur Reformation kommen konnte.Eine groartige Lekture, ein Lesevergnugen fur alle, die Luther und die Reformation neu entdecken oder erstmals kennen lernen wollen - eine neue Luther-Biographie fur unsere Zeit.Opulent ausgestattet mit mehr als 100 Abbildungen in Schwarzwei und Farbe."e;Ein brillanter Blick auf Luther als Mensch."e; Professor Dr. Karl-Heinz Gottert"e;Lyndal Roper burstet Luther gegen den Strich und legt neue, bislang unerkannte Facetten des groen Reformators frei."e; Professor Dr. Thomas Kaufmann"e;Lyndal Roper ... zahlt zu den pragenden Gestalten der internationalen Geschichtswissenschaft."e; Aus der Begrundung der Jury zur Verleihung des Gerda Henkel Preises 2016 an Lyndal Roper

Der feiste Doktor

Der feiste Doktor

Author: Lyndal Roper Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2012

Ein kulturhistorischer Beitrag uber die Bedeutung der Gestalt und Darstellung Martin Luthers. In beinahe allen Darstellungen nach 1525 wird Martin Luther beleibt dargestellt. Im Unterschied zu Heiligen und anderen frommen Gestalten, deren Schlankheit als Beweis fr ihre Gleichgltigkeit gegenber den Verfhrungen des Fleisches gilt, war Luthers Beleibtheit untrennbar mit seinem Image verbunden. Warum wurde Luther so dargestellt und wieso war sein Krper so wichtig fr das Luthertum? In diesem Essay untersucht Roper, wie und warum das Bild seines Krpers seine Biographie bestimmte.

Witch in the Western Imagination

Witch in the Western Imagination

Author: Lyndal Roper Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2012

In an exciting new approach to witchcraft studies, The Witch in the Western Imagination examines the visual representation of witches in early modern Europe. With vibrant and lucid prose, Lyndal Roper moves away from the typical witchcraft studies on trials, beliefs, and communal dynamics and instead considers the witch as a symbolic and malleable figure through a broad sweep of topics and time periods.Employing a wide selection of archival, literary, and visual materials, Roper presents a series of thematic studies that range from the role of emotions in Renaissance culture to demonology as entertainment, and from witchcraft as female embodiment to the clash of cultures on the brink of the Enlightenment. Rather than providing a vast synthesis or survey, this book is questioning and exploratory in nature and illuminates our understanding of the mental and psychic worlds of people in premodern Europe.Roper's spectrum of theoretical interests will engage readers interested in cultural history, psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, art history, and early modern European studies. These essays, three of which appear here for the first time in print, are complemented by more than forty images, from iconic paintings to marginal drawings on murals or picture frames. In her unique focus on the imagery of witchcraft, Lyndal Roper has succeeded in adding a compelling new dimension to the study of witchcraft in early modern Europe.

Witch Craze Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany

Witch Craze Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany

Author: Lyndal Roper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2006

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thousands of women confessed to being witches and were put to death. This book is a gripping account of the pursuit, interrogation, torture, and burning of witches, particularly in Germany, as well as a deeper exploration of the psychology of witch-hunting in modern culture. [A] brilliant piece of investigative history. -The Guardian This ambitious and subtle book is testament not only to Roper's skill in excavating stories from the German archives, but also to her imagination and determination in reading between the lines of examinations and confessions...Compelling, courageous and inspirational. -Malcolm Gaskill, Journal of the Historical Association

Oedipus and the Devil Witchcraft, Religion and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe

Oedipus and the Devil Witchcraft, Religion and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe

Author: Lyndal Roper Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/1994

This bold and imaginative book marks out a different route towards understanding the body, and its relationship to culture and subjectivity. Amongst other subjects, Lyndal Roper deals with the nature of masculinity and feminity.

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