The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France

The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France

by Christopher Elwood
ISBN-10:
0195121333
ISBN-13:
9780195121339
Pub. Date:
12/28/1999
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France

This book examines the disputes about the eucharist that were carried out in the popular press in 16th-century France. Elwood's focus is on the way in which power is symbolized in eucharist doctrine, and how representations of power in the context of theological discussion influenced understandings of power in other spheres of life. By concentrating on writings that were accessible to and likely read by a popular lay audience, Elwood seeks to discover what ideas concerning the eucharist were actually conveyed by readers. His central argument is that the Calvinist eucharist theory propounded in the 16th century included a way on construing power and the relation between the sacred and society that contributed in a very significant way to the ideological social, and political unrest that characterized the Reformation period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195121339
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xi
Introduction 3(9)
1 Immanent Majesty The Eucharist and the Body of Christ in Late Medieval Society
12(15)
2 Heavenly Things in Heaven The First Wave of French Protestant Propaganda, 1533-1535
27(29)
3 Specifying Power Sacramental Signification in Calvin's Theology of the Eucharist
56(21)
4 Seeds of Discord The Diffusion of the Refromed Doctrine, 1540-1560
77(36)
5 The Catholic Riposte Defenses of the Real Presence at the Beginning of the Religious Wars
113(32)
6 The Eucharist, Reformed Social Formation, and the Ideology of Resistance
145(18)
Conclusion 163(10)
Notes 173(50)
Bibliography 223(22)
Index 245

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