The Reformation: Towards a New History

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-08-15
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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This book brings together two histories, of the Encounter between Europe and the western hemisphere that began in 1492 and the fragmentation of European Christendom in the sixteenth century, to recast the story of the Reformation. It restores to the polemics - 'idolatry', 'true Christian', 'barbarian' - their deeply divisive force, even as it helps us to see past those polemics to divergent understandings of divinity, matter, and human nature. Every aspect of human life, from marriage and family through politics to conceptualizations of space and time was called into question. Debates on human nature and conversion forged new understandings of religious identity. Divergent understandings of human nature and its relationship to the material world divided Europeans on the nature and function of images and ritual. By the end of the century, there was not one 'Christian religion', but multiple understandings of person, matter, space, time - and of 'religion' itself.

Author Biography

Lee Palmer Wandel is Professor of History; Religious Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison." She is the author of Always Among Us: Images of the Poor in Zwingli's Zurich (1990). Voracious, Idols and Violent Hands: Iconoclasm in Reformation Zurich, Strasbourg and Basel (1994). and The Eucharist in the Reformation: Incarnation and Liturgy (2006), all with Cambridge University Press. She also co-authored (with Robin Winks) Europe in a Wider World, 1350-1650 (2003) and co-edited (with Walter Melion) Early Modern Eyes (2009).

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Mapsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Christianity in 1500p. 17
"The New World"p. 39
"The Word"p. 63
The Word of God and the Ordering of the Worldp. 89
The Ties That Bindp. 117
Boundariesp. 147
Religion Reconceived
Christiansp. 175
Things and Placesp. 201
Incarnationp. 226
Conclusionp. 255
Selected Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 269
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