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Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe

by Will Coster

Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe Synopsis

The medieval landscape was marked by many sacred sites - churches and chapels, pilgrimage sites, holy wells - places where the spiritual and temporal worlds coincided. Although Max Weber argued that the Reformation brought about the 'disenchantment of the world', this 2005 volume explores the many dimensions of sacred space during and after the religious upheavals of the early modern period. The essays examine the subject through a variety of contexts across Europe from Scotland to Moldavia, but also across the religious divisions between the Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and Calvinist Churches. Based on research, these essays provide insights into the definition and understanding of sanctity in the post-Reformation era and make an important contribution to the study of sacred space.

Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe Press Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'This excellent collection, with not a single weak contribution, demonstrated the centrality of material culture and sacred geography to understanding the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History Early modern scholars and students of environment, particularly architecture, will appreicate the diversity of subjects and methodologies in this work. A brief biographical sketch of each contributor introduces the work and a twenty-five page index concludes the volume. -Timothy Maschke, Concordia University, Wisconsin Sixteenth Century Journal Coster and Spicer have gathered a geographically, religiously, and historically diverse, yet remarkably cohesive, mix of studies...Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe discloses the multiplicity of ways that early modern Catholics, Protestants, and Eastern Orthodox continuously oriented themselves, often bumping up against each other in the process, by actively creating and re-creating sites of religious meaning in relationship to larger social and cultural forces. The volume is an important contribution to early modern studies, Reformation studies, history of Christianity, and history of religions. -Martha L. Finch, Missouri State University, Church History This volume is innovative, informative, and strongly recommended. -Amanda Flather, Canadian Journal of History

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521824873
Publication date: 28th July 2005
Author: Will Coster
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 366 pages
Categories: European history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About Will Coster

Will Coster is Lecturer and Head of History at De Montfort University. His previous publications include Baptism and Kinship in England 1450-1800 (2004). Andrew Spicer is Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University. He is the co-editor of Society and Culture in the Huguenot World, 1559-1685 (2002).

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