Ritual in Early Modern Europe / Edition 2

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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.
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"...Muir has written a superlative study that surpasses previous work in the field and constitutes the definitive introduction to the history of rituals and their place in early modern European popular culture." Steven G. Renhardt, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521602402
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2005
  • Series: New Approaches to European History Series , #33
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 988,593
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction : the lure and danger of ritual 1
1 Rites of passage 21
2 The ritual calendar 62
3 Carnival and the lower body 93
4 Manners and the upper body 125
5 The Reformation as a revolution in ritual theory 163
6 The Reformation as a ritual process 202
7 Government as a ritual process 252
Epilogue : mere ritual 294
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