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Monks, Miracles and Magic : Reformation Representations of the Medieval Church - Helen L. Parish

Monks, Miracles and Magic

Reformation Representations of the Medieval Church

Paperback Published: 18th January 2005
ISBN: 9780415316897
Number Of Pages: 240

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Helen L. Parish presents an innovative new study of Reformation attitudes to medieval Christianity, revealing the process by which the medieval past was rewritten by Reformation propagandists. This fascinating account sheds light on how the myths and legends of the middle ages were reconstructed, reinterpreted, and formed into a historical base for the Protestant church in the sixteenth century.
Despite the iconoclastic impulse that underpinned the Reformation in England, this bold new work demonstrates that traditional images of saints, popes, miracles and wonders were not expunged from the religious lexicon, but rather appropriated, reformed, and deployed in the service of religious change. Crossing the often artificial boundary between medieval and modern history, Parish draws upon a valuable selection of writings on the lives of the saints from both periods, and addresses ongoing debates over the relationship between religion and the supernatural in early modern Europe. Setting key case studies in a broad conceptual framework, "Monks, Miracles and Magic "is essential reading for all those with an interest in the construction of the Protestant church, and its medieval past.

'This book raises the interesting question of the use of traditional language in confessional polemics and should be commended for this.' - Ecclesiastical History, Volume 57

Introductionp. 1
'Broughte owte of deadly darkenes to lyvely lighte' : reconstructing the medieval past in Reformation Englandp. 19
'Lying histories fayning false miracles' : monks, miracles and magic in the medieval pastp. 45
'Entique gargles of ydolatry' : saints, images and hagiography in Reformation polemicp. 71
'Lying histories fayning false miracles' : Reformation lives of St. Thomas Becket and St. Dunstanp. 92
'Antichrist, & not the true successour of Peter' : popes, miracles and necromancy in Reformation polemicp. 119
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ISBN: 9780415316897
ISBN-10: 0415316898
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 18th January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.1  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1