Lay Confraternities and Civic Religion in Renaissance Bologna

Lay Confraternities and Civic Religion in Renaissance Bologna

by Nicholas Terpstra
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521480922

ISBN-13: 9780521480925

Pub. Date: 02/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book analyzes the social, political, and religious roles of confraternities - the lay groups through which the Italians of the Renaissance expressed their individual and collective religious beliefs - in Bologna in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Confraternities shaped the civic religious cult through charitable activities, public shrines, and processions.…  See more details below

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This book analyzes the social, political, and religious roles of confraternities - the lay groups through which the Italians of the Renaissance expressed their individual and collective religious beliefs - in Bologna in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Confraternities shaped the civic religious cult through charitable activities, public shrines, and processions. This civic religious role expanded as they became politicized: patricians used the confraternities increasingly in order to control the civic religious cult, civic charity, and the city itself. The book examines in detail how confraternities initially provided laypeople of the artisanal and merchant classes with a means of expressing a religious life separate from, but not in opposition to, the local parish or mendicant house. By the mid-sixteenth century, patricians dominated the traditional lay confraternities while artisans and merchants had few options beyond parochial confraternities which were controlled by parish priests.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521480925
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Preface
Prologue1
1The early quattrocento: confraternities, observance movements, and the civic cult14
2Lay spirituality and confraternal worship38
3The mechanics of membership83
4Communal identity, administration, and finances134
5Confraternal charity and the civic cult in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries171
Epilogue217
Bibliography226
Index246

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