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Religion and Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
Identities, Communities and Authorities

ISBN 9781138323803
Published December 28, 2020 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

This volume seeks to increase understanding of the origins, ideology, implementation, impact, and historiography of religion and conflict in the medieval and early modern periods.

The chapters examine ideas about religion and conflict in the context of text and identity, church and state, civic environments, marriage, the parish, heresy, gender, dialogues, war and finance, and Holy War. The volume covers a wide chronological period, and the contributors investigate relationships between religion and conflict from the seventh to eighteenth centuries ranging from Byzantium to post-conquest Mexico. Religious expressions of conflict at a localised level are explored, including the use of language in legal and clerical contexts to influence social behaviours and the use of religion to legitimise the spiritual value of violence, rationalising the enforcement of social rules. The collection also examines spatial expressions of religious conflict both within urban environments and through travel and pilgrimage.

With both written and visual sources being explored, this volume is the ideal resource for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers of religion and military, political, social, legal, cultural, or intellectual conflict in medieval and early modern worlds.

Table of Contents


Natasha Hodgson and Amy Fuller

Part 1: Propaganda, Polemic and Religious Identities

1. Religion and Conflict, Conflict and Religion: Long-Distance Pilgrimage and the (Re)building of Catholic Identity in an Era of Religious War in France 1550-1650

Elizabeth Tingle

2. Identity and Empire: Anti-Spanish sentiment in news and travel pamphlets printed in London in the 1580s

Sara Bradley

3. The visualisation of God's flesh; defending the indefensible in Byzantine art c.690-890

Georgia Michael

Part 2: Religious Conflict in local contexts

4. The Curious Case of the Cartmel Cross-dresser. Recusants, Revelry and Resistance in Lancashire, 1604

Jonathan Healey

5. ‘No Small Inconvenience’: Violence at Church in Scotland 1550-1650

Alfred Johnson

6. Outrages in the church: religious violence in English and Welsh parishes after the Civil Wars

Fiona McCall

Part 3: Religion, Gender and Authority

7. Mistress and Minister: Margaret Fell, her estate, and conflict with the "powers that be"

Kristianna Polder

8. Consent, Clandestinity and Conflict. Old stories, new understandings – matrimonial litigation in the early Sixteenth-Century diocese of Lincoln

Martin Roberts

9. Papa don’t Preach: Abortion and ‘womanly sin’ in the morality plays of early modern Mexico

Amy Fuller

Part 4: Religion and Conflict in the City

10. "Differences and Discordes": Conflict between Civic and Ecclesiastical Authorities in Late Medieval Salisbury, 1302-1539

Samuel Lane

11. A Very Roman Affair: Conflict and disorder in the Eternal city 1433-1533

Katharine Fellows

12. Loyalty to the Church, Loyalty to the Duke: Conflicts of Power in Late Medieval Ferrara

Beatrice Saletti  

Part 5: Legitimising Religious Warfare

13. Knights of Malta and the Spirituality of Warfare 1530-1798

Matthias Ebejer

14. British Dragonnades? The Army and Religious Persecution in Restoration Britain, 1660–88

Ping Liao

15. ‘A New Approach to Just and Holy Warfare: The Complicated Case of Puritan Violence’

Matthew Rowley


Martyn Bennett

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Natasha Hodgson is Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Nottingham Trent University. She wrote Women, Crusading and the Holy Land and co-edited Crusading and Masculinities. She is series editor for Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History and Advances in Crusader Studies and co-edits Nottingham Medieval Studies.

Amy Fuller is Lecturer in the History of the Americas, 1400-1700 at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Early Modern Spain and Mexico. She is the author of Between Two Worlds: The autos sacramentales of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

John McCallum is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Nottingham Trent University He is the author of Poor Relief and the Church in Scotland, 1560-1650 and Reforming the Scottish Parish (2010) and edited the volume Scotland's Long Reformation (2016).

Nicholas Morton is Senior Lecturer in History at Nottingham Trent University. His most recent publications include: The Field of Blood and Encountering Islam on the First Crusade. He is series editor for Rulers of the Latin East, The Military Religious Orders, and Global Histories before Globalisation.