Daily Life During the Reformation

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - History - 257 pages
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Organized thematically, "Daily Life during the Reformation" covers the hectic and tumultuous years between 1517 and 1648, allowing readers to discover what it was like for ordinary people during this critical period and to compare events and living conditions in early Modern Europe with those of today.

With the help of eyewitness accounts, the book focuses on the lives of the people, the conditions in which they lived and died, their roles in the unfolding events of the Reformation, and the Reformation's effects on them. Leading protagonists are described, as are their beliefs and the impact of those beliefs on the population in general and in particular cases. The book also explores, for example, the medical practice of the time, which, while not considered black magic, was close to it.

  

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Contents

1 Historical Overview of the Reformation
1
2 The Setting
15
3 The Catholic Church
29
4 Witches Magic and Superstition
35
5 Spread of the Reformation
41
6 Holy Roman Empire
59
7 England and Scotland
73
8 France
91
13 The Military
161
14 Medicine
173
15 Education
183
16 Food
197
17 Travel
211
18 Thirty Years War
219
19 Catholic Perspective and CounterReformation
227
Appendices
239

9 Netherlands
105
10 The Family
121
11 Leisure and the Arts
133
12 Clothing and Fashion
147
Glossary
243
Bibliography
247
Index
253
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About the author (2011)

James M. Anderson has lived and worked in Spain and has done considerable research on ancient Hispanic languages and cultures. He has also conducted numerous in-depth tours of the Iberian Peninsula.

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