Ritual in Early Modern Europe

Ritual in Early Modern Europe

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Ritual in Early Modern Europe by Edward Muir

This comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe draws on extensive historical research to argue 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. The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century constituted a massive theoretical assault on many ritual practices as reformers attempted to replace sacraments with the authority of scripture. However, while intellectuals came to disparage their power, ritual practices endured as much as ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521409674
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/01/1997
Series: New Approaches to European History Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

About 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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