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The Politics of Ritual Kinship : Confraternities and Social Order in Early Modern Italy - Nicholas Terpstra

The Politics of Ritual Kinship

Confraternities and Social Order in Early Modern Italy

By: Nicholas Terpstra (Editor)

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Confraternities were the most common form of organised religious life in medieval and early modern Europe. They were at once the lay face of the church, the spiritual heart of civic government, and the social kin who claimed the allegiance of peers and the obedience of subordinates. In this collection, fifteen scholars examine the development of confraternities in Italy, where they emerged first and had the greatest impact. Individual essays explore a common set of themes across Italy from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries: the ubiquity of confraternities, social construction, and devotional ethos; their ritual culture and civic religion; their antagonistic and collaborative relations with both civic and ecclesiastical authorities; and their role in social welfare and social control of marginal groups. The authors demonstrate how the ritual kinship expressed in confraternities emerged in the middle ages and became a powerful force in 'civilising' early modern Italian society.

'... breathtaking in the range of subjects and timescale considered ... a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarship on Italian confraternities'. William B. Wurthmann, Journal of Ecclesiastical History '... the contributors enrich our understanding of the complex nature of lay charitable and pious activities and identities on the brink of the modern age.' Jennifer D. Selwyn, Archivum Historicum

List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The politics of ritual kinshipp. 1
The development of confraternity studies over the past thirty yearsp. 9
Homosociality and civic (dis)order in late medieval Italian confraternitiesp. 30
Confraternities and lay female religiosity in late medieval and Renaissance Umbriap. 48
The bounds of community: commune, parish, confraternity, and charity at the dawn of a new era in Cortonap. 67
Men and women in Roman confraternities in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries: roles, functions, expectationsp. 82
The Medici and the youth Confraternity of the Purification of the Virgin, 1434-1506p. 98
In loco parentis: confraternities and abandoned children in Florence and Bolognap. 114
The first Jesuit confraternities and marginalized groups in sixteenth-century Romep. 132
Jewish confraternal piety in sixteenth-century Ferrara: continuity and changep. 150
The scuole piccole of Venice: formations and transformationsp. 172
Relaunching confraternities in the Tridentine era: shaping conscience and Christianizing society in Milan and Lombardyp. 190
The development of Jesuit confraternity activity in the Kingdom of Naples in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuriesp. 210
Corpus Domini: ritual metamorphoses and social changes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Genoap. 228
Faith's boundaries: ritual and territory in rural Piedmont in the early modern periodp. 243
The suppression of confraternities in Enlightenment Florencep. 262
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 314
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ISBN: 9780521621854
ISBN-10: 0521621852
Series: Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 28th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66