Ritual in Early Modern Europe

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 18, 2005 - History - 320 pages
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This new and expanded edition of the first comprehensive study of rituals in early modern Europe examines the impact on the European interpretation of ritual from the discoveries of new civilizations in the Americas and missionary efforts in China. It also adds more material about rituals peculiar to women. Edward Muir draws on extensive historical research to emphasize the persistence of traditional Christian ritual practices, even as enlightened elites attempted to choose reason over passion, textual interpretation over ritual action, and moral rectitude over gaining access to supernatural powers of anti-Christian rituals. First Edition Hb (1997) 0-521-40169-0 First Edition Pb (1997) 0-521-40967-5
 

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This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. The history presented is good, but what really takes the cake are Muir's ideas on ritual, and how well his assertions fit into both history ... Read full review

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A superb study of the role of and importance of ritual in Early Modern Europe. Muir's is a probing analysis of varieties of ritual and their numerous uses. Read full review

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Contents

Rites of passage
21
The ritual calendar
62
Rituals of the body
89
Carnival and the lower body
93
Manners and the upper body
125
Ritual and representation
155
The Reformation as a revolution in ritual theory
163
The Reformation as a ritual process
202
Government as a ritual process
252
mere ritual
294
Glossary
303
Index
312
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Edward Muir is Professor of History of the Northwestern University. His publications include Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice (1981) and Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy (1998).

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