Religion and Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds: Identities, Communities and Authorities
Religion and Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds: Identities, Communities and Authorities

Religion and Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds: Identities, Communities and Authorities


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This volume seeks to increase understanding of the origins, ideology, implementation, impact, and historiography of religion and conflict in the medieval and early modern periods.

The chapters examine ideas about religion and conflict in the context of text and identity, church and state, civic environments, marriage, the parish, heresy, gender, dialogues, war and finance, and Holy War. The volume covers a wide chronological period, and the contributors investigate relationships between religion and conflict from the seventh to eighteenth centuries ranging from Byzantium to post-conquest Mexico. Religious expressions of conflict at a localised level are explored, including the use of language in legal and clerical contexts to influence social behaviours and the use of religion to legitimise the spiritual value of violence, rationalising the enforcement of social rules. The collection also examines spatial expressions of religious conflict both within urban environments and through travel and pilgrimage.

With both written and visual sources being explored, this volume is the ideal resource for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers of religion and military, political, social, legal, cultural, or intellectual conflict in medieval and early modern worlds.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138323803
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/28/2020
Series: Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.19(h) x (d)

About the Author

Natasha Hodgson is Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Nottingham Trent University. She wrote Women, Crusading and the Holy Land and co-edited Crusading and Masculinities. She is series editor for Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History and Advances in Crusader Studies and co-edits Nottingham Medieval Studies.

Amy Fuller is Lecturer in the History of the Americas, 1400-1700, at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Early Modern Spain and Mexico. She is the author of Between Two Worlds: The autos sacramentales of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

John McCallum is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Poor Relief and the Church in Scotland, 7560-1650 and Reforming the Scottish Parish (2010) and edited the volume Scotland's Long Reformation (2016).

Nicholas Morton is Senior Lecturer in History at Nottingham Trent University. His, most recent publications include The Field of Blood and Encountering Islam on the First Crusade. He is series editor for Rulers of the Latin East, The Military Religious Orders, and Global Histories before Globalisation.

Table of Contents

List of figures viii

List of contributors ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction Natasha Hodgson Amy Fuller 1

Part I Propaganda, polemic, and religious identities 15

1 Religion and conflict, conflict and religion: long-distance pilgrimage and the (re)building of Catholic identity in an era of religious war in France 1550-1650 Elizabeth Tingle 17

2 Identity and empire: anti-Spanish sentiment in news and travel pamphlets printed in London in the 1580s Sara Bradley 34

3 The visualisation of God's flesh: defending the indefensible in Byzantine art c. 690-890 Georgia Michael 51

Part II Religious conflict in local contexts 77

4 The curious case of the Cartmel cross-dresser. Recusants, revelry, and resistance in Lancashire, 1604 Jonathan Healey 79

5 "No Small Inconvenience": violence at church in Scotland 1550-1650 Alfred Johnson 96

6 Outrages in the church: religious violence in English and Welsh parishes after the Civil Wars Fiona McCall 114

Part III Religion, gender, and authority 133

7 Mistress and minister: Margaret Fell, her estate, and conflict with the "powers that be" Kristianna Polder 135

8 Consent, clandestinity, and conflict. Old stories, new understandings - matrimonial litigation in the early sixteenth-century diocese of Lincoln Martin Roberts 151

9 Papa don't preach: abortion and "womanly sin" in the morality plays of early modern Mexico Amy Fuller 166

Part IV Religion and conflict in the city 187

10 "Differences and discordes": conflict between civic and ecclesiastical authorities in late medieval Salisbury, 1302-1539 Samuel Lane 189

11 A very Roman affair: conflict and disorder in the Eternal City 1433-1533 Katharine Fellows 204

12 Loyalty to the church, loyalty to the duke: conflicts of power in late medieval Ferrara Beatrice Saletti 223

Part V Legitimising religious warfare 239

13 Knights of Malta and the spirituality of warfare 1530-1798 Matthias Ebejer 241

14 British dragonnades? The army and religious persecution in Restoration Britain, 1660-88 Ping Liao 258

15 A new approach to just and holy warfare: the complicated case of Puritan violence Matthew Rowley 275

Conclusion Martyn Bennett 294

Index 300

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