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Description - Private and Domestic Devotion in Early Modern Britain by Alec Ryrie

Scholars increasingly recognise that understanding the history of religion means understanding worship and devotion as well as doctrines and polemics. Early modern Christianity consisted of its lived experience. This collection and its companion volume (Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain, ed. Natalie Mears and Alec Ryrie) bring together an interdisciplinary range of scholars to discuss what that lived experience comprised, and what it meant. Private and domestic devotion - how early modern men and women practised their religion when they were not in church - is a vital and largely hidden subject. Here, historical, literary and theological scholars examine piety of conformist, non-conformist and Catholic early modern Christians, in a range of private and domestic settings, in both England and Scotland. The subjects under analysis include Bible-reading, the composition of prayers, the use of the psalms, the use of physical props for prayers, the pious interpretation of dreams, and the troubling question of what counted as religious solitude. The collection as a whole broadens and deepens our understanding of the patterns of early modern devotion, and of their meanings for early modern culture as a whole.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781409431312
ISBN-10: 1409431312
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alec Ryrie

Jessica Martin is priest-in-charge of the Cambridgeshire parishes of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton, and a former Fellow in English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Alec Ryrie is Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University Jessica Martin, Alec Ryrie, Ian Green, Jane E.A. Dawson, Erica Longfellow, Micheline White, Tara Hamling, Kate Narveson, Jeremy Schildt, Hannibal Hamlin, Beth Quitslund, Alison Shell.

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