The Reformation of Ritual: An Interpretation of Early Modern Germany

The Reformation of Ritual: An Interpretation of Early Modern Germany

by Susan Karant-Nunn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415113377

ISBN-13: 9780415113373

Pub. Date: 06/27/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In The Reformation of Ritual Susan Karant-Nunn explores the function of ritual in early modern German society, and the extent to which it was modified by the Reformation.
Employing anthropological insights, and drawing on extensive archival research, Susan Karant-Nunn outlines the significance of the ceremonial changes. This comprehensive study includes

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In The Reformation of Ritual Susan Karant-Nunn explores the function of ritual in early modern German society, and the extent to which it was modified by the Reformation.
Employing anthropological insights, and drawing on extensive archival research, Susan Karant-Nunn outlines the significance of the ceremonial changes. This comprehensive study includes an examination of all major rites of passage: birth, baptism, confirmation, engagement, marriage, the churching of women after childbirth, penance, the Eucharist, and dying. The author argues that the changes in ritual made over the course of the century reflect more than theological shifts; ritual was a means of imposing discipline and of making the divine more or less accessible. Church and state cooperated in using ritual as one means of gaining control of the populace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415113373
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/27/1997
Series:
Christianity and Society in the Modern World Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

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