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Italian Confraternities in the Sixteenth Century - Christopher F. Black

Italian Confraternities in the Sixteenth Century

Hardcover Published: 28th July 1989
ISBN: 9780521364874
Number Of Pages: 336

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Confraternities were - and are - religious brotherhoods for lay people to promote their religious life in common. Though designed to prepare for the afterlife, they were fully involved in the social, political and cultural life of the community and could affect all men and women, as members or as the recipients of charity. Confraternities organised a great range of devotional, cultural and indeed artistic activities in addition to other functions such as the provision of dowries and the escort of condemned men to the scaffold. Other works have studied the local activities of specific confraternities, but this is the first to attempt a broad survey of such organisations across the breadth of early modern Italy. Christopher Black demonstrates clearly the extent, diversity and influence of confraternal behaviour, and shows how such brotherhoods adapted to the religious and social crises of the sixteenth century - thus illuminating current debates about Catholic Reform, the Counter-Reformation, poverty, philanthropy and social control.

List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Map of Italy
Setting the scene
Confraternities: what, where, for whom?
Control and sponsorship
Internal organisation and religious life
External religious devotions
Confraternities and finances
Attitudes to poverty
Poverty: needs and general responses
Confraternity philanthrophy
Hungary, thirsty, a stranger, naked, and ill
Confraternity philanthrophy
The imprisoned, ignorant and dead
Confraternity buildings and their decoration
Conclusions and suggestions
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ISBN: 9780521364874
ISBN-10: 0521364876
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th July 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.66