Ritual in Early Modern Europe / Edition 2

Ritual in Early Modern Europe / Edition 2

by Edward Muir
     
 

The first comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe, this new and expanded edition 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… See more details below

Overview

The first comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe, this new and expanded edition 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521602402
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2005
Series:
New Approaches to European History Series, #33
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
1,193,189
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the lure and danger of ritual1
1Rites of passage21
2The ritual calendar62
3Carnival and the lower body93
4Manners and the upper body125
5The Reformation as a revolution in ritual theory163
6The Reformation as a ritual process202
7Government as a ritual process252
Epilogue : mere ritual294

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