Italian Confraternities in the Sixteenth Century
By (author) Christopher F. Black
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Italian Confraternities in the Sixteenth Century by Christopher F. Black
Book DescriptionConfraternities were - and are - religious brotherhoods for lay people to promote their religious life in common. Though designed to prepare for the afterlife, they were fully involved in the social, political and cultural life of the community and could affect all men and women, as members or as the recipients of charity. Confraternities organised a great range of devotional, cultural and indeed artistic activities in addition to other functions such as the provision of dowries and the escort of condemned men to the scaffold. Other works have studied the local activities of specific confraternities, but this is the first to attempt a broad survey of such organisations across the breadth of early modern Italy. Christopher Black demonstrates clearly the extent, diversity and influence of confraternal behaviour, and shows how such brotherhoods adapted to the religious and social crises of the sixteenth century - thus illuminating current debates about Catholic Reform, the Counter-Reformation, poverty, philanthropy and social control.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521531139
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher F. Black
Early Modern Italy, Hardback (November 2000)
A fascinating survey of society in Italy from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries - from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
Italian Confraternities in the Sixteenth Century, Hardback (June 1989)» View all books by Christopher F. Black
Christopher Black demonstrates clearly the extent, diversity and influence of confraternal behaviour.
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