Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700

Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700

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Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700 addresses all varieties of religious behaviour extending beyond traditional institutional and doctrinal church history. It is interdisciplinary, comparative and global, as well as non-confessional. It understands religion, primarily of the 'Catholic' variety, as a broadly human phenomenon, rather than as a privileged mode of access to superhuman realms. Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700 will appeal to academics and students interested in the history of late medieval and early modern western Christianity in global context. The series embraces any and all expressions of traditional religion, books in it will take many approaches, among them literary history, art history, and the history of science, and above all, interdisciplinary combinations of them.

  • Purgatory and Piety in Brittany 1480–1720 book cover

    Purgatory and Piety in Brittany 1480–1720

    1st Edition

    By Elizabeth C. Tingle

    The concept of Purgatory was a central tenet of late-medieval and early-modern Catholicism, and proved a key dividing line between Catholics and Protestants. However, as this book makes clear, ideas about purgatory were often ill-defined and fluid, and altered over time in response to particular…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31
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  • Reforming Reformation book cover

    Reforming Reformation

    1st Edition

    Edited by Thomas F. Mayer

    The Reformation used to be singular: a unique event that happened within a tidily circumscribed period of time, in a tightly constrained area and largely because of a single individual. Few students of early modern Europe would now accept this view. Offering a broad overview of current scholarly…

    Paperback – 2017-05-25
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  • Jesuit Civil Wars: Theology, Politics and Government under Tirso González (1687-1705) book cover

    Jesuit Civil Wars

    Theology, Politics and Government under Tirso González (1687-1705), 1st Edition

    By Jean-Pascal Gay

    Founded in 1540, the Society of Jesus quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic, influential but divisive orders within early-modern Catholicism. Yet whilst the order's role in combating Protestantism, reforming the Catholic Church and advising rulers during its first century has been…

    Paperback – 2017-05-24
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  • The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland, and England, 1589–1597: Building the Faith of Saint Peter upon the King of Spain's Monarchy book cover

    The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland, and England, 1589–1597

    Building the Faith of Saint Peter upon the King of Spain's Monarchy, 1st Edition

    By Thomas M. McCoog, S.J.

    English Catholic voices, once disregarded as merely confessional, are now acknowledged to provide important perspectives on Elizabethan society. Based on extensive archival research, this book builds on previous studies for the first thorough investigation of the Jesuit mission to England during a…

    Paperback – 2017-05-22
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  • Forbidden Prayer: Church Censorship and Devotional Literature in Renaissance Italy book cover

    Forbidden Prayer

    Church Censorship and Devotional Literature in Renaissance Italy, 1st Edition

    By Giorgio Caravale

    This book delineates the attempt, carried out by the Congregations of the Inquisition and the Index during the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, to purge various devotional texts in the Italian vernacular of heterodox beliefs and superstitious elements, while imposing a rigid uniformity in…

    Paperback – 2017-05-22
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  • Juan de Valdés and the Italian Reformation book cover

    Juan de Valdés and the Italian Reformation

    1st Edition

    By Massimo Firpo

    Juan de Valdés played a pivotal role in the febrile atmosphere of sixteenth-century Italian religious debate. Fleeing his native Spain after the publication in 1529 of a book condemned by the Spanish Inquisition, he settled in Rome as a political agent of the emperor Charles V and then in Naples,…

    Hardback – 2016-03-18
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  • Catholic Renewal and Protestant Resistance in Marian England book cover

    Catholic Renewal and Protestant Resistance in Marian England

    1st Edition

    Edited by Vivienne Westbrook, Elizabeth Evenden

    Mary Tudor's reign is regarded as a period where, within a short space of time, an early modern European state attempted to reverse the religious policy of preceding governments. This required the use of persuasion and coercion, of propaganda and censorship, as well as the controversial decision to…

    Hardback – 2015-10-28
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  • Fealty and Fidelity: The Lazarists of Bourbon France, 1660-1736 book cover

    Fealty and Fidelity: The Lazarists of Bourbon France, 1660-1736

    1st Edition

    By Seán Alexander Smith

    The career of the French saint Vincent de Paul has attracted the attention of hundreds of authors since his death in 1660, but the fate of his legacy - entrusted to the body of priests called the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists) - remains vastly neglected. De Paul spent a lifetime working…

    Hardback – 2015-10-28
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  • A Cloister on Trial: Religious Culture and Everyday Life in Late Medieval Hungary book cover

    A Cloister on Trial

    Religious Culture and Everyday Life in Late Medieval Hungary, 1st Edition

    By Gabriella Erdélyi

    In 1517, the usually tranquil friary in the Hungarian town of Körmend found itself at the centre of controversy when its Augustinian friars, charged with drunkenness, sexual abuses and liturgical negligence, were driven out and replaced with observant Franciscans. The agent of change in this…

    Hardback – 2015-09-28
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  • Catholic Reformation in Protestant Britain book cover

    Catholic Reformation in Protestant Britain

    1st Edition

    By Alexandra Walsham

    The survival and revival of Roman Catholicism in post-Reformation Britain remains the subject of lively debate. This volume examines key aspects of the evolution and experience of the Catholic communities of these Protestant kingdoms during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Rejecting an…

    Hardback – 2014-08-18
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  • Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599: Conflict Beneath the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19:1-10) book cover

    Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599

    Conflict Beneath the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19:1-10), 1st Edition

    By Steven E. Turley

    Franciscans in sixteenth-century New Spain were deeply ambivalent about their mission work. Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the first archbishop of Mexico, begged the king to find someone else to do his job so that he could go home. Fray Juan de Ribas, one of the original twelve 'apostles of Mexico' and a…

    Hardback – 2014-01-02
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  • The Making and Marketing of Tottel’s Miscellany, 1557: Songs and Sonnets in the Summer of the Martyrs’ Fires book cover

    The Making and Marketing of Tottel’s Miscellany, 1557

    Songs and Sonnets in the Summer of the Martyrs’ Fires, 1st Edition

    By J. Christopher Warner

    First published in the summer of 1557 - as the protestant martyrs’ pyres blazed across England - Songes and Sonettes, written by the ryght honorable Lorde Henry Haward late Earle of Surrey, and other (more generally known as Tottel’s Miscellany) is widely regarded as the first anthology of English…

    Hardback – 2013-11-01
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  • The English Convents in Exile, 1600–1800: Communities, Culture and Identity book cover

    The English Convents in Exile, 1600–1800

    Communities, Culture and Identity, 1st Edition

    By James E. Kelly

    Edited by Caroline Bowden

    In 1598, the first English convent was established in Brussels and was to be followed by a further 21 enclosed convents across Flanders and France with more than 4,000 women entering them over a 200-year period. In theory they were cut off from the outside world; however, in practice the nuns were…

    Hardback – 2013-08-29
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  • Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide: Medieval Themes in the World of the Reformation book cover

    Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide

    Medieval Themes in the World of the Reformation, 1st Edition

    Edited by James Muldoon

    The debate about when the middle ages ended and the modern era began, has long been a staple of the historical literature. In order to further this debate, and illuminate the implications of a longue durée approach to the history of the Reformation, this collection offers a selection of essays that…

    Hardback – 2013-02-28
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  • English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553–1829 book cover

    English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553–1829

    1st Edition

    By Francis Young

    In spite of an upsurge in interest in the social history of the Catholic community and an ever-growing body of literature on early modern 'superstition' and popular religion, the English Catholic community's response to the invisible world of the preternatural and supernatural has remained largely…

    Hardback – 2013-02-15
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  • Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III: Representing the Counter-Reformation Monarch at the End of the Thirty Years' War book cover

    Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III

    Representing the Counter-Reformation Monarch at the End of the Thirty Years' War, 1st Edition

    By Andrew H. Weaver

    Ferdinand III played a crucial role both in helping to end the Thirty Years' War and in re-establishing Habsburg sovereignty within his hereditary lands, and yet he remains one of the most neglected of all Habsburg emperors. The underlying premise of Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman…

    Hardback – 2011-12-28
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  • Communities of Devotion: Religious Orders and Society in East Central Europe, 1450–1800 book cover

    Communities of Devotion

    Religious Orders and Society in East Central Europe, 1450–1800, 1st Edition

    By Maria Craciun

    Edited by Elaine Fulton

    Between the later middle ages and the eighteenth century, religious orders were in the vanguard of reform movements within the Christian church. Recent scholarship on medieval Europe has emphasised how mendicants exercised a significant influence on the religiosity of the laity by actually shaping…

    Hardback – 2011-07-28
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  • The Divisions of French Catholicism, 1629-1645: 'The Parting of the Ways' book cover

    The Divisions of French Catholicism, 1629-1645

    'The Parting of the Ways', 1st Edition

    By Anthony D. Wright

    For much of the sixteenth-century, France was wracked with religious strife, as the Wars of Religion pitted Catholic against Protestant. Whilst the conversion of Henri IV to Catholicism ended much of the conflict, the ensuing peace highlighted the fractious nature of French Catholicism and the many…

    Hardback – 2011-04-28
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  • Friars on the Frontier: Catholic Renewal and the Dominican Order in Southeastern Poland, 1594–1648 book cover

    Friars on the Frontier

    Catholic Renewal and the Dominican Order in Southeastern Poland, 1594–1648, 1st Edition

    By Piotr Stolarski

    Focusing on the Dominican Order's activities in southeastern Poland from the canonisation of the Polish Dominican St Hyacinth (1594) to the outbreak of Bogdan Chmielnicki's Cossack revolt (1648-54) this book reveals the renovation and popularity of the pre-existing Mendicant culture of piety in the…

    Hardback – 2010-11-28
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  • Clerical Celibacy in the West: c.1100-1700 book cover

    Clerical Celibacy in the West: c.1100-1700

    1st Edition

    By Helen Parish

    The debate over clerical celibacy and marriage had its origins in the early Christian centuries, and is still very much alive in the modern church. The content and form of controversy have remained remarkably consistent, but each era has selected and shaped the sources that underpin its narrative,…

    Hardback – 2010-07-28
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  • Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation book cover

    Catholic Gentry in English Society

    The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation, 1st Edition

    By Geoffrey Scott

    Edited by Peter Marshall

    This volume advances scholarly understanding of English Catholicism in the early modern period through a series of interlocking essays on single family: the Throckmortons of Coughton Court, Warwickshire, whose experience over several centuries encapsulates key themes in the history of the Catholic…

    Hardback – 2009-10-28
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  • The Pilgrims' Complaint: A Study of Popular Thought in the Early Tudor North book cover

    The Pilgrims' Complaint

    A Study of Popular Thought in the Early Tudor North, 1st Edition

    By Michael Bush

    The Pilgrimage of Grace, a popular uprising in the north of England against Henry VIII's religious policies, has long been recognised as a crucial point in the fortunes of the English Reformation. Historians have long debated the motives of the rebels and what effects they had on government policy.…

    Hardback – 2009-08-12
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  • Fathers and Godfathers: Spiritual Kinship in Early-Modern Italy book cover

    Fathers and Godfathers

    Spiritual Kinship in Early-Modern Italy, 1st Edition

    By Guido Alfani

    In medieval Europe baptism did not merely represent a solemn and public recognition of the 'natural' birth of a child, but was regarded as a second, 'spiritual birth', within a social group often different from the child's blood relations: a spiritual family, composed of godfathers and godmothers.…

    Hardback – 2009-08-05
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  • Forms of Faith in Sixteenth-Century Italy book cover

    Forms of Faith in Sixteenth-Century Italy

    1st Edition

    By Matthew Treherne

    Edited by Abigail Brundin

    The sixteenth century was a period of tumultuous religious change in Italy as in Europe as a whole, a period when movements for both reform and counter-reform reflected and affected shifting religious sensibilities. Cinquecento culture was profoundly shaped by these religious currents, from the…

    Hardback – 2009-07-28
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  • Female Monasticism in Early Modern Europe: An Interdisciplinary View book cover

    Female Monasticism in Early Modern Europe

    An Interdisciplinary View, 1st Edition

    Edited by Cordula van Wyhe

    This volume of twelve interdisciplinary essays addresses the multifaceted nature of female religious identity in early modern Europe. By dismantling the boundaries between the academic disciplines of history, art history, musicology and literary studies it offers new cross-cultural readings…

    Hardback – 2008-11-28
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  • Italian Reform and English Reformations, c.1535–c.1585 book cover

    Italian Reform and English Reformations, c.1535–c.1585

    1st Edition

    By M. Anne Overell

    This is the first full-scale study of interactions between Italy's religious reform and English reformations, which were notoriously liable to pick up other people's ideas. The book is of fundamental importance for those whose work includes revisionist themes of ambiguity, opportunism and…

    Hardback – 2008-11-27
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  • Thomas White and the Blackloists: Between Politics and Theology during the English Civil War book cover

    Thomas White and the Blackloists

    Between Politics and Theology during the English Civil War, 1st Edition

    By Stefania Tutino

    This is the first book-length study of the political and theological views of Thomas White (alias Blacklo) and his followers the Blackloists. It both complements and opens up new lines of inquiry in the context of the current scholarship in two main areas. On the one hand, historians of early…

    Hardback – 2008-11-13
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  • Saint Cicero and the Jesuits: The Influence of the Liberal Arts on the Adoption of Moral Probabilism book cover

    Saint Cicero and the Jesuits

    The Influence of the Liberal Arts on the Adoption of Moral Probabilism, 1st Edition

    By Robert Aleksander Maryks

    In this commanding study, Dr Maryks offers a detailed analysis of early modern Jesuit confessional manuals to explore the order's shifting attitudes to confession and conscience. Drawing on his census of Jesuit penitential literature published between 1554 and 1650, he traces in these works a…

    Hardback – 2008-08-14
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  • Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation book cover

    Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation

    1st Edition

    By Abigail Brundin

    Vittoria Colonna was one of the best known and most highly celebrated female poets of the Italian Renaissance. Her work went through many editions during her lifetime, and she was widely considered by her contemporaries to be highly skilled in the art of constructing tightly controlled and…

    Hardback – 2008-05-21
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  • Church, State and Dynasty in Renaissance Poland: The Career of Cardinal Fryderyk Jagiellon (1468–1503) book cover

    Church, State and Dynasty in Renaissance Poland

    The Career of Cardinal Fryderyk Jagiellon (1468–1503), 1st Edition

    By Natalia Nowakowska

    This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the career of Fryderyk Jagiellon (1468-1503) arguably the most powerful churchman in medieval or early modern Central Europe. Royal prince, bishop of Kraków, Polish primate, cardinal, regent and brother to the rulers of Hungary, Poland,…

    Hardback – 2007-09-28
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  • Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England: Robert Persons's Jesuit Polemic, 1580–1610 book cover

    Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England

    Robert Persons's Jesuit Polemic, 1580–1610, 1st Edition

    By Victor Houliston

    During his lifetime, the Jesuit priest Robert Persons (1546-1610) was arguably the leading figure fighting for the re-establishment of Catholicism in England. Whilst his colleague Edmund Campion may now be better known it was Persons's tireless efforts that kept the Jesuit mission alive during the…

    Hardback – 2007-09-28
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  • Law and Conscience: Catholicism in Early Modern England, 1570–1625 book cover

    Law and Conscience

    Catholicism in Early Modern England, 1570–1625, 1st Edition

    By Stefania Tutino

    This book examines the Catholic elaboration on the relationship between state and Church in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Among the several factors which have contributed to the complex process of state-formation in early modern Europe, religious affiliation has certainly been one of the…

    Hardback – 2007-08-28
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  • Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought book cover

    Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought

    1st Edition

    By Harald E. Braun

    The Jesuit Juan de Mariana (1535-1624) is one of the most misunderstood authors in the history of political thought. His treatise De rege et regis institutione libri tres (1599) is dedicated to Philip III of Spain. It was to present the principles of statecraft by which the young king was to abide.…

    Hardback – 2007-06-06
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  • The Theology and Spirituality of Mary Tudor's Church book cover

    The Theology and Spirituality of Mary Tudor's Church

    1st Edition

    By William Wizeman

    Few areas of early modern English history have roused such passions and interpretations as the rule of Mary Tudor and her efforts to return the country to Catholicism following the reigns of her father and brother. In this book, Dr Wizeman explores Catholic theology and spirituality according to…

    Hardback – 2006-04-28
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  • The Church of Mary Tudor book cover

    The Church of Mary Tudor

    1st Edition

    By Eamon Duffy

    Edited by David Loades

    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…

    Hardback – 2006-01-13
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  • Redefining Female Religious Life: French Ursulines and English Ladies in Seventeenth-Century Catholicism book cover

    Redefining Female Religious Life

    French Ursulines and English Ladies in Seventeenth-Century Catholicism, 1st Edition

    By Laurence Lux-Sterritt

    This short study offers a contribution to the flourishing debate on post-Reformation female piety. In an effort to avoid excessive polarization condemning conventual life as restrictive or hailing it as a privileged path towards spiritual perfection, it analyses the reasons which led early-modern…

    Hardback – 2005-11-28
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  • Heresy in Transition: Transforming Ideas of Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe book cover

    Heresy in Transition

    Transforming Ideas of Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 1st Edition

    By John Christian Laursen, Cary J. Nederman

    Edited by Ian Hunter

    The concept of heresy is deeply rooted in Christian European culture. The palpable increase in incidences of heresy in the Middle Ages may be said to directly relate to the Christianity's attempts to define orthodoxy and establish conformity at its centre, resulting in the sometimes forceful…

    Hardback – 2005-11-28
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  • The Jesuits and the Monarchy: Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France (1590-1615) book cover

    The Jesuits and the Monarchy

    Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France (1590-1615), 1st Edition

    By Eric Nelson

    The first three decades of Bourbon rule in France coincided with a period of violent fragmentation followed by rapid renewal within the French Catholic community. In the early 1590s, when Henri IV - Protestant head of the Bourbon house - acceded to the throne, French Catholics were at war with each…

    Hardback – 2005-08-28
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  • The Counter-Reformation: Catholic Europe and the Non-Christian World book cover

    The Counter-Reformation

    Catholic Europe and the Non-Christian World, 2nd Edition

    By Anthony D. Wright

    Modern scholarship has effectively demonstrated that, far from being a knee-jerk reaction to the challenges of Protestantism, the Catholic Reformation of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was fuelled primarily by a desire within the Church to reform its medieval legacy and to re-enthuse its…

    Hardback – 2005-06-09
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  • The Pontificate of Clement VII: History, Politics, Culture book cover

    The Pontificate of Clement VII

    History, Politics, Culture, 1st Edition

    By Sheryl E. Reiss

    Edited by Kenneth Gouwens

    The pontificate of Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici) is usually regarded as amongst the most disastrous in history, and the pontiff characterized as timid, vacillating, and avaricious. It was during his years as pope (1523-34) that England broke away from the Catholic Church, and relations with the…

    Hardback – 2005-05-16
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  • Reforming Catholicism in the England of Mary Tudor: The Achievement of Friar Bartolomé Carranza book cover

    Reforming Catholicism in the England of Mary Tudor

    The Achievement of Friar Bartolomé Carranza, 1st Edition

    By Ronald Truman

    Edited by John Edwards

    In the history of the attempted restoration of Roman Catholicism in the England of Mary Tudor, the contribution of her husband Philip and his Spanish entourage has been largely ignored. This book highlights one of the most prominent of Philip's religious advisers, the friar Bartolomé Carranza. A…

    Hardback – 2005-03-28
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  • A Paradise Inhabited by Devils: The Jesuits' Civilizing Mission in Early Modern Naples book cover

    A Paradise Inhabited by Devils

    The Jesuits' Civilizing Mission in Early Modern Naples, 1st Edition

    By Jennifer D. Selwyn

    In recent years much scholarly attention has been focused on the encounter of cultures during the early modern period, and the global implications that such encounters held. As a result of this work, scholars have now begun to re-evaluate many aspects of early culture contact, not least with…

    Hardback – 2004-09-28
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