This stimulating volume explores how the memory of the Reformation has been remembered, forgotten, contested, and reinvented between the sixteenth and twenty-first centuries.
Remembering the Reformation traces how a complex, protracted and unpredictable process came to be perceived, recorded, and commemorated as a transformative event. From local to global patterns of memory, the contributors examine the ways in which the Reformation embedded itself in the historical imagination and analyse the enduring, unstable and divided legacies that it engendered. The book also underlines how modern scholarship is indebted to processes of memory-making initiated in the early modern period and challenges the conventional models of periodization that the Reformation itself helped to create. This collection of essays offers an expansive examination and theoretically engaged discussion of concepts and practices of memory and Reformation.
This volume is ideal for upper level undergraduates and postgraduates studying the Reformation, Early Modern Religious History, Early Modern European History, and Early Modern Literature.
'This consistently stimulating and illuminating collection of essays examines not just how, across a wide range of contexts, the Reformation has been remembered, but what "remembering the Reformation" might actually mean. It is essential reading for anyone interested in memory as a constructive and creative, and often deceptive, cultural force.'
Peter Marshall, University of Warwick, UK
'This volume offers the reader a survey of memory cultures, both seeded and sundered by the European Reformation, that is daringly imaginative in scope and unfailingly thought-provoking in content. Taken together, these essays constitute a richly suggestive theatre of memory which enables the reader to locate with precision and nuance the role played by the past in shaping the self-understanding of the protagonists as well as the retrospective comprehension of posterity.'
Simon Ditchfield, University of York, UK
1. Brian Cummings, Ceri Law, Karis Riley, and Alexandra Walsham, Introduction: Remembering the Reformation
Part I: Repressed Memory
2. James Simpson, Stilled Lives, Still Lives: Reformation Memorial Focus
3. Isabel Karremann, The Inheritance of Loss: Post-Reformation Memory Culture and the Limits of Antiquarian Discourse
Part II: Divided Memory
4. Carolina Lenarduzzi and Judith Pollmann, Bread and Stone: Catholic Memory in Post-Reformation Leiden
5. David van der Linden, Remembering the Holy League: Material Memories in Early Modern France
Part III: Fragmented Memory
6. Tarald Rasmussen, Remembering the Past in the Nordic Reformations
7. Natalia Nowakowska, Rioting Blacksmiths and Jewish Women: Pillarized Reformation Memory in Early Modern Poland
Part IV: Inherited Memory
8. Philip Haberkern, The First Among the Many: Early Modern Cultural Memory and the Hussites
9. Róisín Watson, Remembering and Forgetting the Dead in the Churches of Reformation Germany
Part V: Invented Memory
10. Katrina B. Olds, The Material of Memory in the Seventeenth-Century Andes: The Cross of Carabuco and Local History
11. Stefano Villani, The British Invention of the Waldenses
Part VI: Migrating Memory
12. Kat Hill, On the Road: Exile, Experience and Memory in the Anabaptist Diaspora
13. Geert H. Janssen, The Legacy of Exile and the Rise of Humanitarianism
Part VII: Extended Memory
14. Andrew Atherstone, The Stones Will Cry Out: Victorian and Edwardian Memorials to the Reformation Martyrs
15. Philip Benedict and Sarah Scholl, Religious Heritage and Civic Identity: Remembering the Reformation in Geneva from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-First Century
16. Dagmar Freist, Afterword: Memory Practices and Global Protestantism
Remembering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds looks at Remembering the medieval and early modern periods. These edited collections draw together the latest scholarship on memory of the chosen topic or period.