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Piety and Family in Early Modern Europe

Essays in Honour of Steven Ozment, 1st Edition

By Marc R. Forster

Edited by Benjamin J. Kaplan


257 pages

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At first sight, the subjects of piety and family life may appear to have little in common. Yet, as the essays in this volume make clear, there are in fact a number of shared features and points of contact that make the study of these issues a particularly fertile area for scholars of the Reformation period. Whether it be the concept of an individual's relationship with God - so often articulated in familial terms, the place of domestic devotions, or the difficulties that faced families split by rival confessional beliefs and mixed marriages, this book demonstrates how piety and family life were interwoven in the social and theological landscape of early modern Europe. Inspired by the works of Steven Ozment, the volume is divided into two sections, each of which deals with a particular concern of his writings. The first four chapters address issues of Reformation theology and the medieval heritage, whilst the remaining seven examine the spiritual life of families. Together they underline how modern scholarship by broadening its conceptual outlook and bringing together seemingly unrelated subjects, can provide a more sophisticated understanding of the past.


'This is another excellent volume of essays in the series St Andrews Studies in Reformation History that we've come to expect from Ashgate… This is a collection of essays that is worth reading and examining. They are first rate historical studies that emulate the best of their mentor's application into the ordinary lives of their subjects… Altogether, an excellent volume that should be read by anyone interested in the Early Modern period in Europe.' Colloquium 'Unusually coherent and consistent in quality for a festschrift, Piety and Family in Early Modern Europe is at the same time testimony to the depth and diversity of Stephen Ozment's legacy… Drawing on a wide range of sources and exploring many different European contexts, the essays brought together in this volume comprise a fitting tribute to a historian who has played a significant role in shaping the character and course of Reformation and early modern studies.' Church History 'It is a rare anthology about which one can state that each essay is strong and engaging…' Ecclesiastical History ’All in all, the volume provides a good insight into some current issues in Luther studies and early modern social history, and is a fitting testimony to Steven Ozment's contributions to our discipline.’ Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. Part I Reformation Theology and The Medieval Heritage: Tauler the Mystic's Lutheran admirers, Eric Lund; Luther, spiritualism and the spirit, R. Emmet McLaughlin; Anxious penitents and the appeal of the Reformation: Ozment and the historiography of confession, Ronald K. Rittgers; 'Bite this, Satan!' the devil in Luther's Table Talk, Carlos M.N. Eire. Part II The Spiritual Life of Families: Domestic devotions and family piety in German Catholicism, Marc R. Forster; 'For they will turn away thy sons': the practice and perils of mixed marriage in the Dutch Golden Age, Benjamin J. Kaplan; The household divided against itself: Anabaptists and their families in Tyrol, 1536-60, D. Jonathan Grieser; Negotiating conversions: catechumens and the family in Early Modern Italy, Lance Gabriel Lazar; Holy Mothers: the history of a designation of spiritual status, Laura A. Smoller; Sorrow and worship in Calvin's Geneva: their place in family history, David Keck; Seduction and the law: a Jewish scandal before the Imperial Chamber Court, R. Po-chia Hsia; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Marc R. Forster is Professor of History at Connecticut College, USA. Benjamin J. Kaplan is Professor of Dutch History at University College London, UK.

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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Subject Categories

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HISTORY / General