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Local Religion in Sixteenth-Century Spain - William A. Christian

Local Religion in Sixteenth-Century Spain

Paperback Published: 21st March 1989
ISBN: 9780691008271
Number Of Pages: 296

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"Spanish Catholicism in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has attracted considerable scholarly attention over the years. The work of theologians, humanists, mystics, and saints has been one focus of that attention. Another has been the investigation and suppression of heterodoxy by the Spanish Inquisition and the crown. William Christian is after a more elusive subject--the religious beliefs and practices of ordinary Spanish Christians... A useful addition to the literature on Spanish religiosity in the sixteenth century."--Carla Rahn Phillips, Renaissance Quarterly "[Christian] turns to the despised plebs, the peasants in the nave, dismissed by one of the greatest theologians of the day, Melchor Cano, on the ground that teaching them the techniques of mental prayer, for instance, would end in social disorder. Cano thought such matters were not for the likes of 'carpenters' wives,' presumably unconscious of the irony in his choice of the word carpenter. A valuable contribution to a fascinating and revealing area of study."--J. S. Cummins, History "Dr. Christian is ... To be congratulated for bringing these reports [of Philip II's chroniclers] to our attention. By targeting what he describes as the religion actually practiced by thousands of ordinary Spaniards, he has succeeded in opening a new and important chapter in the history of sixteenth-century Spain... The originality of the subject and the wealth of detail that Christian has uncovered make this study mandatory reading for anyone seriously interested in the religious history of early modem Europe."--Richard L. Kagan, The Catholic Historical Review

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Vowsp. 23
A Response to Disasterp. 23
The Vowp. 31
How Saints Were Chosen for Vowsp. 33
Mutual Obligations of Saints and Communitiesp. 55
Effectiveness of Vowsp. 59
Graduated Responses to Crisesp. 63
"Activity" of Saintsp. 66
Chapels and Shrinesp. 70
Chapel Dedicationsp. 71
Origin Legendsp. 75
The Use of Shrines in Crisesp. 92
Images Used for Curingp. 93
Shrines, Shrine Keepers, and Fiestasp. 105
Relics and Indulgencesp. 126
Relicsp. 126
Indulgencesp. 141
Local Religion: Variations, Alternatives, and Reformp. 147
Local Religion of Citiesp. 148
Kingship and Local Religionp. 153
Erasmianism and Reformp. 158
The Survival of Local Religionp. 175
Christ Enshrined, 1580-1780p. 181
Text of Madrid Vow to Saint Anne and Saint Roch, 1597p. 209
District and Regional Shrines, 1575-1580, New Castilep. 211
Locations and Sources of Relics, 1575-1580p. 217
Sources and Abbreviationsp. 223
Notesp. 231
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780691008271
ISBN-10: 0691008272
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 21st March 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.89  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.35