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Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Modern Germany Protestant and Catholic Piety, 1500-1648

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ISBN-10: 0521871034

ISBN-13: 9780521871037

Edition: 2007

Authors: Bridget Heal

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What happened to the fervent Marian piety of the late Middle Ages during Germany's Reformation and Counter-Reformation? It has been widely assumed that Mary disappeared from Protestant devotional life and subsequently became a figurehead for the Catholic Church's campaign of religious reconquest. This book presents a more finely nuanced account of the Virgin's significance. In many Lutheran territories Marian liturgy and images - from magnificent altarpieces to simple paintings and prints - survived, though their meaning was transformed. In Catholic areas baroque art and piety flourished, but the militant Virgin associated with the Counter-Reformation did not always dominate religious devotion. Traditional manifestations of Marian veneration persisted, despite the post-Tridentine Church's attempts to dictate a uniform style of religious life. This book demonstrates that local context played a key role in shaping Marian piety, and explores the significance of this diversity of Marian practice for women's and men's experiences of religious change.
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Book details

List price: $124.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 358
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Bridget Heal is Lecturer in Early Modern History and Director of the Institute for Reformation Studies at the University of St Andrews.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Transformations in Marian teaching
Marian piety in Lutheran Germany
Confessional frictions and the status of the Virgin
The Counter-Reformation cult
Catholic pluralism and Cologne
Marian devotion and gender
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index