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The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World

Studies and Sources, 1st Edition

By Jennifer Mara DeSilva


344 pages

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In the Early Modern period - as both reformed and Catholic churches strove to articulate orthodox belief and conduct through texts, sermons, rituals, and images - communities grappled frequently with the connection between sacred space and behavior. The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World explores individual and community involvement in the approbation, reconfiguration and regulation of sacred spaces and the behavior (both animal and human) within them. The individual’s understanding of sacred space, and consequently the behavior appropriate within it, depended on local need, group dynamics, and the dissemination of normative expectations. While these expectations were defined in a growing body of confessionalizing literature, locally and internationally traditional clerical authorities found their decisions contested, circumvented, or elaborated in order to make room for other stakeholders’ activities and needs. To clearly reveal the efforts of early modern groups to negotiate authority and the transformation of behavior with sacred space, this collection presents examples that allow the deconstruction of these tensions and the exploration of the resulting campaigns within sacred space. Based on new archival research the eleven chapters in this collection examine diverse aspects of the campaigns to transform Christian behavior within a variety of types of sacred space and through a spectrum of media. These essays give voice to the arguments, exhortations, and accusations that surrounded the activities taking place in early modern sacred space and reveal much about how people made sense of these transformations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Piously made’: sacred space and the transformation of behavior, Jennifer Mara DeSilva; Preventing sloth and preserving the liturgy: organizing sacred space in 16th-century Rome, Jennifer Mara DeSilva. Appendix: the institution of the chaplain (1524) - Archivio Storico del Vicariato, Capitolo SS Celso e Giuliano, vol. 373.; Piety, patronage, and power: funerary sculpture in 16th-century France, Rebecca Constabel; Ritual viewing in the Chapel of Corpus Christi: Bernardino Luini's passion cycle at San Giorgio al Palazzo, Milan, Pamela A.V. Stewart; From Rome to the southern Netherlands: spectacular sceneries to celebrate the canonization of Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, Annick Delfosse; The sanctification of nature in Marian shrines in Catalonia: contextualizing human desires in a Mediterranean cult, Abel A. Alves; The Pope’s two souls and the space of ritual protest during Rome’s Sede Vacante, 1559-1644, John M. Hunt; Defining the sacred in the community: iconoclasm, renewal and remembrance at the Basilica of Saint Martin in Tours, Eric Nelson; Extending the boundaries of the sacred in 17th-century Padua, Celeste McNamara; Churchyard capers: the controversial use of church space for dancing in early modern England, Emily F. Winerock; The imperial horrification of Jesuit frontier sacred space in South America, 1750-67, David Stiles; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Jennifer Mara DeSilva received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University. She is the author of several journal articles exploring the mechanics of family strategy and group identity as well as the nuances and practical realities of ecclesiastical reform. In addition, she is the editor of Episcopal Reform and Politics in Early Modern Europe (Truman State University Press, 2012).

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

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
RELIGION / History