Ritual in Early Modern Europe

Ritual in Early Modern Europe This new and expanded edition of the first comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe examines the impact on the European interpretation of ritual from the discoveries of new civilizations

  • Title: Ritual in Early Modern Europe
  • Author: Edward Muir
  • ISBN: 9780521602402
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • This new and expanded edition of the first comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe examines the impact on the European interpretation of ritual from the discoveries of new civilizations in the Americas and missionary efforts in China It also adds material about rituals peculiar to women Edward Muir draws on extensive historical research to emphasize thThis new and expanded edition of the first comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe examines the impact on the European interpretation of ritual from the discoveries of new civilizations in the Americas and missionary efforts in China It also adds material about rituals peculiar to women Edward Muir draws on extensive historical research to emphasize the persistence of traditional Christian ritual practices, even as enlightened elites attempted to choose reason over passion, textual interpretation over ritual action, and moral rectitude over gaining access to supernatural powers of anti Christian rituals First Edition Hb 1997 0 521 40169 0 First Edition Pb 1997 0 521 40967 5

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    1. Edward Muir’s Ritual in Early Modern Europe describes the Reformation as a process of distanciation from the material world, relocating the locus of the sacred from the materially accessible to the inwardly apprehensible. With a shift in focus from real presence to represented presence, and from direct encounter to description (the exposition of truth), ritual became more a matter of cognitive apprehension than visceral experience. Reformers seeking clarity and certainty “replaced the mass w [...]

    2. Re-read January 7, 2010: very textbook-y. I think it was at this point that I began to understand just how very right my peers were when they told me that at some point in my reading, I would begin to be able to tell what the book was going to say before I'd even read it. Admittedly, I'd already read it, but still.Basically: early modern life organized around ritual; the Reformation reconfigured ritual life in Protestant areas and the Council of Trent placed ritual in Catholic areas more squarel [...]

    3. This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. The history presented is good, but what really takes the cake are Muir's ideas on ritual, and how well his assertions fit into both history and modern life. In fact, I often applied this book to literary studies and criticism it earned me several high grades and a few awards.

    4. I had to read this for school so I'm not gonna give it a rating. Although, most of it was pretty boring, some of it was pretty interesting too.

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