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The Making and Marketing of Tottel’s Miscellany, 1557: Songs and Sonnets in the Summer of the Martyrs’ Fires

The Making and Marketing of Tottel’s Miscellany, 1557: Songs and Sonnets in the Summer of the Martyrs’ Fires

1st Edition

J. Christopher Warner
November 01, 2013

First published in the summer of 1557 - as the protestant martyrs’ pyres blazed across England - Songes and Sonettes, written by the ryght honorable Lorde Henry Haward late Earle of Surrey, and other (more generally known as Tottel’s Miscellany) is widely regarded as the first anthology of English...

The English Convents in Exile, 1600–1800: Communities, Culture and Identity

The English Convents in Exile, 1600–1800: Communities, Culture and Identity

1st Edition

James E. Kelly, Caroline Bowden
August 29, 2013

In 1598, the first English convent was established in Brussels and was to be followed by a further 21 enclosed convents across Flanders and France with more than 4,000 women entering them over a 200-year period. In theory they were cut off from the outside world; however, in practice the nuns were...

Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide: Medieval Themes in the World of the Reformation

Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide: Medieval Themes in the World of the Reformation

1st Edition

James Muldoon
February 28, 2013

The debate about when the middle ages ended and the modern era began, has long been a staple of the historical literature. In order to further this debate, and illuminate the implications of a longue durée approach to the history of the Reformation, this collection offers a selection of essays that...

English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553–1829

English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553–1829

1st Edition

Francis Young
February 15, 2013

In spite of an upsurge in interest in the social history of the Catholic community and an ever-growing body of literature on early modern 'superstition' and popular religion, the English Catholic community's response to the invisible world of the preternatural and supernatural has remained largely...

Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III: Representing the Counter-Reformation Monarch at the End of the Thirty Years' War

Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III: Representing the Counter-Reformation Monarch at the End of the Thirty Years' War

1st Edition

Andrew H. Weaver
December 28, 2011

Ferdinand III played a crucial role both in helping to end the Thirty Years' War and in re-establishing Habsburg sovereignty within his hereditary lands, and yet he remains one of the most neglected of all Habsburg emperors. The underlying premise of Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman...

Communities of Devotion: Religious Orders and Society in East Central Europe, 1450–1800

Communities of Devotion: Religious Orders and Society in East Central Europe, 1450–1800

1st Edition

Maria Craciun, Elaine Fulton
July 28, 2011

Between the later middle ages and the eighteenth century, religious orders were in the vanguard of reform movements within the Christian church. Recent scholarship on medieval Europe has emphasised how mendicants exercised a significant influence on the religiosity of the laity by actually shaping...

The Divisions of French Catholicism, 1629-1645: 'The Parting of the Ways'

The Divisions of French Catholicism, 1629-1645: 'The Parting of the Ways'

1st Edition

Anthony D. Wright
April 28, 2011

For much of the sixteenth-century, France was wracked with religious strife, as the Wars of Religion pitted Catholic against Protestant. Whilst the conversion of Henri IV to Catholicism ended much of the conflict, the ensuing peace highlighted the fractious nature of French Catholicism and the many...

Friars on the Frontier: Catholic Renewal and the Dominican Order in Southeastern Poland, 1594–1648

Friars on the Frontier: Catholic Renewal and the Dominican Order in Southeastern Poland, 1594–1648

1st Edition

Piotr Stolarski
November 28, 2010

Focusing on the Dominican Order's activities in southeastern Poland from the canonisation of the Polish Dominican St Hyacinth (1594) to the outbreak of Bogdan Chmielnicki's Cossack revolt (1648-54) this book reveals the renovation and popularity of the pre-existing Mendicant culture of piety in the...

Clerical Celibacy in the West: c.1100-1700

Clerical Celibacy in the West: c.1100-1700

1st Edition

Helen Parish
July 28, 2010

The debate over clerical celibacy and marriage had its origins in the early Christian centuries, and is still very much alive in the modern church. The content and form of controversy have remained remarkably consistent, but each era has selected and shaped the sources that underpin its narrative,...

Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation

Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation

1st Edition

Geoffrey Scott, Peter Marshall
October 28, 2009

This volume advances scholarly understanding of English Catholicism in the early modern period through a series of interlocking essays on single family: the Throckmortons of Coughton Court, Warwickshire, whose experience over several centuries encapsulates key themes in the history of the Catholic...

Fathers and Godfathers: Spiritual Kinship in Early-Modern Italy

Fathers and Godfathers: Spiritual Kinship in Early-Modern Italy

1st Edition

Guido Alfani
August 05, 2009

In medieval Europe baptism did not merely represent a solemn and public recognition of the 'natural' birth of a child, but was regarded as a second, 'spiritual birth', within a social group often different from the child's blood relations: a spiritual family, composed of godfathers and godmothers....

Forms of Faith in Sixteenth-Century Italy

Forms of Faith in Sixteenth-Century Italy

1st Edition

Matthew Treherne, Abigail Brundin
July 28, 2009

The sixteenth century was a period of tumultuous religious change in Italy as in Europe as a whole, a period when movements for both reform and counter-reform reflected and affected shifting religious sensibilities. Cinquecento culture was profoundly shaped by these religious currents, from the...

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