Ritual in Early Modern Europe
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Ritual in Early Modern Europe by Edward Muir
Book DescriptionThe comprehensive 2005 study of rituals in early modern Europe argues that between about 1400 and 1700 a revolution in ritual theory took place that utterly transformed concepts about time, the body, and the presence of spiritual forces in the world. Edward Muir draws on extensive historical research to emphasize the persistence of traditional Christian ritual practices even as educated elites attempted to privilege reason over passion, textual interpretation over ritual action, and moral rectitude over gaining access to supernatural powers. Edward Muir discusses wide ranging themes such as rites of passage, carnivalesque festivity, the rise of manners, Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the alleged anti-Christian rituals of Jews and witches. This edition examines the impact on the European understanding of ritual from the discoveries of new civilizations in the Americas and missionary efforts in China and adds more material about rituals peculiar to women.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521602402
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Edward Muir
Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance, Hardback (May 2007)
An inaugural publication of the Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance, this work presents an exploration of an earlier age of anxiety which reveals the distinguished past of culture wars, including debates about the place of women in society, the clash between science and faith, and the power of the arts to stir emotions.
Ritual in Early Modern Europe, Hardback (August 2005)
The 2005 second edition of a comprehensive study of the ritual practices in traditional Christian Europe.
Mad Blood Stirring, Paperback (June 1998)
But the carnival massacre marked a crossroads: the old mentality of vendetta was soon supplanted by the emerging sense that the direct expression of anger should be suppressed-to be replaced by duels.
Microhistory and the Lost Peoples of Europe, Paperback (July 1991)» View all books by Edward Muir
An excellent introduction to and sampling of the developing genre of microhistory... In essence these historians begin their analysis 'from below, ' viewing the ordinary peoples ignored in the annals of European history. -- Catholic Historical Review. Selections from Quaderni Storici.
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Author Biography - Edward Muir
Edward Muir is Professor of History of the Northwestern University. His publications include Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice (1981) and Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy (1998).
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