Salvation at Stake Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe

ISBN-10: 0674007042

ISBN-13: 9780674007048

Edition: 1999

Authors: Brad S. Gregory

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Thousands of men and women were executed for incompatible religious views in sixteenth-century Europe. The meaning and significance of those deaths are studied here comparatively for the first time, providing a compelling argument for the importance of martyrdom as both a window onto religious sensibilities and a crucial component in the formation of divergent Christian traditions and identities. Gregory explores Protestant, Catholic, and Anabaptist martyrs in a sustained fashion, addressing the similarities and differences in their self-understanding. He traces the processes and impact of their memorialization by co-believers, and he reconstructs the arguments of the ecclesiastical and civil authorities responsible for their deaths. In addition, he assesses the controversy over the meaning of executions for competing views of Christian truth, and the intractable dispute over the distinction between true and false martyrs. He employs a wide range of sources, including pamphlets, martyrologies, theological and devotional treatises, sermons, songs, woodcuts and engravings, correspondence, and legal records. Reconstructing religious motivation, conviction, and behavior in early modern Europe, Gregory shows us the shifting perspectives of authorities willing to kill, martyrs willing to die, martyrologists eager to memorialize, and controversialists keen to dispute.
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List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

Brad S. Gregory is Dorothy G. Griffin Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

A Note on Translations and Orthography A Complex of Martyrs
On Understanding Early Modern Christianity
The Nature of the Martyrological Sources
The Course of Exposition The Late Medieval Inheritance
The Absence and Presence of Martyrs in the Late Middle Ages
Suffering Patiently, Dying Well, and the Passion of Christ
Christian Martyrs outside the Church in the Late Middle Ages The Willingness to Kill
Prosecuting Religious Criminals
The Duty of Intolerance
The Trajectory of Argumentation
Laws, Institutions, and the Contingencies of Practice The Willingness to Die
The Poverty of Theory
Foundations: Faith and Scripture
Contemporary Communities: Social Support and Sustenance
Historical Communities: Pedigrees of the Persecuted
Prison Activities: Practicing the Beliefs
The Art of Dying Well Witnesses for the Gospel: Protestants and Martyrdom
The Early Evangelical Martyrs and Emergent Protestant Identity
Avoiding Idolatry, Following Christ: Convictions to Die For
The Midcentury Martyrologies
The Protestant Martyrologies in National Contexts Nachfolge Christi: Anabaptists and Martyrdom
Muntzer to Munster: Forging an Anabaptist
Martyrological Mentality
Anabaptist Martyrs in the Low Countries
The Transformation of the Dutch Mennonite Martyrological Tradition The New Saints: Roman Catholics and Martyrdom
Defensive Martyrdom: The Henrician Catholics
The Passion for Passion in Post-Tridentine Catholicism
The Role of the Martyrs in Catholic Devotional Life The Conflict of Interpretations
The Weaknesses of Nondoctrinal Criteria
"Not the Punishment, but the Cause, Makes a Martyr"
Implications and Conclusions Conclusion: A Shared and Shattered Worldview
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