Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe

Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe

by Brad S. Gregory



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674785519
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Series: Harvard Historical Studies Series
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.59(d)

About the Author

Brad S. Gregory is Dorothy G. Griffin Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

A Note on Translations and Orthography

A Complex of Martyrs

On Understanding Early Modern Christianity

The Nature of the Martyrological Sources

The Course of Exposition

The Late Medieval Inheritance

The Absence and Presence of Martyrs in the Late Middle Ages

Suffering Patiently, Dying Well, and the Passion of Christ

Christian Martyrs outside the Church in the Late Middle Ages

The Willingness to Kill

Prosecuting Religious Criminals

The Duty of Intolerance

The Trajectory of Argumentation

Laws, Institutions, and the Contingencies of Practice

The Willingness to Die

The Poverty of Theory

Foundations: Faith and Scripture

Contemporary Communities: Social Support and Sustenance

Historical Communities: Pedigrees of the Persecuted

Prison Activities: Practicing the Beliefs

The Art of Dying Well

Witnesses for the Gospel: Protestants and Martyrdom

The Early Evangelical Martyrs and Emergent Protestant Identity

Avoiding Idolatry, Following Christ: Convictions to Die For

The Midcentury Martyrologies

The Protestant Martyrologies in National Contexts

Nachfolge Christi: Anabaptists and Martyrdom

Müntzer to Münster: Forging an Anabaptist

Martyrological Mentality

Anabaptist Martyrs in the Low Countries

The Transformation of the Dutch Mennonite Martyrological Tradition

The New Saints: Roman Catholics and Martyrdom

Defensive Martyrdom: The Henrician Catholics

The Passion for Passion in Post-Tridentine Catholicism

The Role of the Martyrs in Catholic Devotional Life

The Conflict of Interpretations

The Weaknesses of Nondoctrinal Criteria

"Not the Punishment, but the Cause, Makes a Martyr"

Implications and Conclusions

Conclusion: A Shared and Shattered Worldview




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This is a genuinely impressive piece of work. Brad Gregory has really defined a completely new subfield of Reformation studies, the cross-confessional study of martyrologies.

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