Communities of Belief
Cultural and Social Tensions in Early Modern France
By (author) Robin Briggs
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Communities of Belief by Robin Briggs
Book DescriptionThis book is about attitudes and behaviour in early modern France, dealing particularly with the conflicts related to social and intellectual change, and with the tensions between the elite and the common people. The topics discussed include witchcraft, popular belief and superstition, confession, the family, Church and State, and popular revolt. Combining penetrating analyses of important topics with detailed focus on individual cases, Communities of Belief offers a lively critique of some current interpretations of seventeenth century France. Part I, 'Rebels, Deviants and Victims', concentrates on history from below, while Part II, 'Agencies of Control', examines the intellectual and institutional superstructure and its relation to society as a whole. Robin Briggs shows how the communal oral culture of the older Europe was gradually broken up and replaced by a recognizable modern culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198206033
(216mm x 137mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jul-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robin Briggs
Witches of Lorraine, Hardback (November 2007)
Based on the richest archive of witchcraft trials found in Europe, this book paints a vivid picture of life amongst the people of a small duchy on the border of France. Robin Briggs' examination of their beliefs in phenomena such as shapeshifting and werewolves proves a vital contribution to historical understanding of witchcraft.
Witches and Neighbours, Hardback (February 2002)
This text combines research with the author's investigations to produce an account of the role of witchcraft in the past. It argues that witchcraft - its belief and persecutions - cannot be explained by general causes but was as complex and changing as the society of which it formed a vital part.
Early Modern France, 1560-1715, Paperback (April 1998)» View all books by Robin Briggs
In the OPUS series, second revised edition of a history of France from the Wars of Religion to the death of Louis XIV. Incorporating new material drawn from recent scholarship, describes the major political events and analyses the factors influencing the evolution of state and society in this decisive period of French history.
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Author Biography - Robin Briggs
Robin Briggs is contracted to edit the Oxford Illustrated History of France. He is the author of Early Modern France 1560-1715 (OPUS, 1977).
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