The Avila of Saint Teresa
Religious Reform in a Sixteenth-Century City 1st New edition
By (author) Jodi Bilinkoff
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Avila of Saint Teresa by Jodi Bilinkoff
Book DescriptionThe Avila of Saint Teresa provides both a fascinating account of social and religious change in one important Castilian city and a historical analysis of the life and work of the religious mystic Saint Teresa of Jesus. Jodi Bilinkoff's rich socioeconomic history of sixteenth-century Avila illuminates the conditions that helped to shape the religious reforms for which the city's most famous citizen is celebrated. Bilinkoff takes as her subject the period during which Avila became a center of intense religious activity and the home of a number of influential mystics and religious reformers. During this time, she notes, urban expansion and increased economic opportunity fostered the social and political aspirations of a new "middle class" of merchants, professionals, and minor clerics. This group supported the creation of religious institutions that fostered such values as individual spiritual revitalization, religious poverty, and apostolic service to the urban community. According to Bilinkoff, these reform movements provided an alternative to the traditional, dynastic style of spirituality expressed by the ruling elite, and profoundly influenced Saint Teresa in her renewal of Carmelite monastic life. A focal point of the book is the controversy surrounding Teresa's foundation of a new convent in August 1562. Seeking to discover why people in Avila strenuously opposed this ostensibly innocent act and to reveal what distinguished Teresa's convent from the many others in the city, Bilinkoff offers a detailed examination of the social meaning of religious institutions in Avila. Historians of early modern Europe, especially those concerned with the history of religious culture, urban history, and women's history, specialists in religious studies, and other readers interested in the life of Saint Teresa or in the history of Catholicism will welcome The Avila of Saint Teresa.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801480522
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jodi Bilinkoff
Book of Her Life, Paperback (March 2008)
An autobiography of a Counter Reformation mystic and monastic reformer of sixteenth century Spain.
Related Lives, Hardback (October 2005)
In early modern Catholic Europe and its colonies priests frequently developed close relationships with pious women, serving as their spiritual directors during their lives, and their biographers after their deaths. In this richly illustrated book...
Colonial Saints, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by Jodi Bilinkoff
This bold collection clearly shows the interplay between slavery and spirituality, conversion and control, and the links between the sacred and the political.
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Author Biography - Jodi Bilinkoff
Jodi Bilinkoff is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750, also from Cornell, and coeditor of Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800.
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