In The Reformation of Ritual Susan Karant-Nunn explores the function of ritual in early modern German society, and the extent to which it was modified by the Reformation.
Employing anthropological insights, and drawing on extensive archival research, Susan Karant-Nunn outlines the significance of the ceremonial changes. This comprehensive study includes an examination of all major rites of passage: birth, baptism, confirmation, engagement, marriage, the churching of women after childbirth, penance, the Eucharist, and dying. The author argues that the changes in ritual made over the course of the century reflect more than theological shifts; ritual was a means of imposing discipline and of making the divine more or less accessible. Church and state cooperated in using ritual as one means of gaining control of the populace.
"For a generation ritual studies have changed the face of early modern European history, but only with Susan Karant-Nunn's lucid book, the first of its kind, is the extensive power of religious ritual in the German Reformation fully uncovered....No other scholar has demonstrated as much care in discovering the gender implications of ritual reforms."
-Professor Clarence Ver Steeg, Northwestern University
Series: Routledge Competitive Advantage in World Industry
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 22nd May 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 15.7
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1