Angels in the Early Modern World
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Belief in the importance of angels was as widespread and intense in the early modern era as it had been in the middle ages. This volume is the first to consider how ideas about the nature, existence and activities of angels negotiated the religious, intellectual and cultural upheavals of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The contributors explore the fate and fortunes of these heavenly protectors and messengers against the backdrop of the Renaissance and Reformation and in the context of scientific change. Ranging from the British Isles and continental Europe to New England and Latin America, they consider how angels were implicated in the processes of Protestant and Catholic renewal, their relationship with witchcraft and magic, and their representation in literature and art. Based on original research, the essays offer genuinely fresh insight into the moments and movements that defined the early modern world.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/31/2006
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
|List of illustrations|
|Notes on contributors|
|Preface and acknowledgements|
|Migrations of angels in the early modern world|
|The Renaissance angel|
|Luther on the angels|
|Angels around the deathbed: variations on a theme in the English art of dying|
|Angels conquering and conquered: changing perceptions in Spanish America|
|Angels and idols in England's long Reformation|
|Dubious messengers: Bodin's daemon, the spirit world and the Sadducees|
|Guardian angels and the Society of Jesus|
|Imagining angels in early modern Ireland|
|'Patronage of angels and combat of demons': good versus evil in seventeenth-century Spain|
|'With the tongues of angels': angelic conversations in Paradise Lost and seventeenth-century England|
|Otherworldly visions: angels, devils and gender in puritan New England|
|Angels in elite and popular magic, 1650-1790|