Catholic Revival in the Age of the Baroque
Religious Identity in Southwest Germany, 1550-1750
By (author) Marc R. Forster
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Catholic Revival in the Age of the Baroque by Marc R. Forster
Book DescriptionThis book is a study of Catholic reform, popular Catholicism and the development of confessional identity in southwest Germany. Based on extensive archival study, it argues that Catholic confessional identity developed primarily from the identification of villagers and townspeople with the practices of Baroque Catholicism - particularly pilgrimages, processions, confraternities and the Mass. Thus the book is in part a critique of the confessionalization thesis which dominates scholarship in this field. The book is not however focused narrowly on the concerns of German historians. An analysis of popular religious practice and of the relationship between parishioners and the clergy in villages and small towns allows for a broader understanding of popular Catholicism, especially in the period after 1650. Local Baroque Catholicism was ultimately a successful convergence of popular and elite, lay and clerical elements, which led to an increasingly elaborate religious style.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521036924
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marc R. Forster
Catholic Germany from the Reformation to the Enlightenment, Hardback (November 2007)
This is one of the first book length studies available in English of the development of Catholic identity and a specific German Catholic culture in the 300 years after the Reformation. The book emphasizes the particular nature of Church institutions in Germany and the vital role of the population in the creation of Catholic practice and belief.
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A study of 'Catholic identity' in southwest Germany in the two centuries after the Reformation.
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