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Penitence in the Age of Reformations

1st Edition

By Katharine Jackson Lualdi, Anne T. Thayer


276 pages

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This volume is comprised of thirteen essays that explore penitential teachings and practices from the late fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries in Western Europe and its colonies. Together the essays reveal that in this period, penitence was an increasingly important force shaping the individual and society. Consequently, the authors argue, penitence is central to our understanding of early modern Christianity as it was taught and experienced in everyday life. From Germany to France and to the Americas, Catholics turned to traditional forms of penitence not only to save individual souls, but also to assert their confessional identity. For their part, Protestants established distinctive penitential approaches and institutions in accordance with their own understandings of sin and salvation. In thus examining the treatment of post-baptismal sin across chronological and confessional boundaries, the volume breaks new ground in the history of penance. The volume concludes with a postscript assessing the ways in which the essays enrich the current state of scholarship on penitence and encourage further research. Katharine Jackson Lualdi is an independent scholar. Anne T. Thayer is Assistant Professor of Church History at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


'(a) lively and valuable collection …' Journal of Ecclesiastical History '… a well-focused collection exemplifying the state-of-the-art.' Religious Studies Review 'This very welcome collection of essays…tells us a great deal of interest…' Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Katharine Jackson Lualdi and Anne T. Thayer; Judge and doctor: images of the confessor in printed model sermon collections, 1450-1520, Anne T. Thayer; Communication, consolation and discipline: two early Lutheran preachers on confession, Mary Jane Haemig; Private confession and religious authority in Reformation Nürnberg, Ronald K. Rittgers; Richard Greenham’s ’spiritual physicke’: the comfort of afflicted consciences in Elizabethan pastoral care, Kenneth L. Parker; Notions of sin and penitence within the French reformed community, Raymond A. Mentzer; The rituals of reconciliation: admonition, confession and community in the Dutch reformed church, Charles H. Parker; The politics of the soul: confession in counter-reformation Milan, Wietse de Boer; A body of beliefs and believers: sacramental confession and parish worship in Reformation France, Katharine Jackson Lualdi; Johannes Uhl on penitence: sermons and prayers of the dean of Rottweil, 1579-1602, Jason K. Nye; Confession, gender, life-writing: some cases (mainly) from Spain, Jodi Bilinkoff; Confession and consolation: the Society of Jesus and its promotion of the general confession, Michael Maher, SJ; ’Schools of Mortification’: theatricality and the role of penitential practice in the Jesuits’ popular missions, Jennifer D. Selwyn; Jesuit confessors, African slaves and the practice of confession in seventeenth-century Cartagena, Ronald J. Morgan; Postscript, Thomas N. Tentler; Bibliography; Index.

About the Series

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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