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Shaping confessional identities in the urban home

Ivanic, Suzanna and Galandra Cooper, Irene (2020) Shaping confessional identities in the urban home. In: Eibach, Joachim and Lanzinger, Margareth, eds. The Routledge History of the Domestic Sphere in Europe 16th to 19th Century. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 417-434. ISBN 978-0-367-14367-1. (doi:10.4324/9780429031588) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84406)

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Attention was first drawn to religion in the home by scholars of the Protestant Reformation. The traditional narrative relates that for Protestants the family home provided a new alternative spiritual locale to the religious houses and idealised celibate life of medieval Catholicism. Research on Catholic contexts has recently provided a counter-balance to this account. The Italian renaissance home and Catholic households in northern Europe have been shown to be places of vibrant devotional activity. This chapter surveys the scholarship and proposes a new direction for research to take forward our understanding of the domestic sphere in early modern religious practice and push beyond confessional arguments. Using two examples of current research on sixteenth-century Naples and seventeenth-century Prague, we argue that the home was more than just a passive setting. It enabled individual varieties of “lived religion” practised daily away from the church and authorities. Furthermore, the early modern home had agency in shaping the daily religious experiences and spiritual spheres of men, women and children.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9780429031588
Uncontrolled keywords: Religion, Domestic Sphere, Material Culture, Early Modern, History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World
N Visual Arts
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Suzanna Ivanic
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2021 10:46 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 09:57 UTC
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