Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Europ

Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Europ

Editorial: Zone

Páginas: 352

Año: 2020

EAN: 9781942130376

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From an acclaimed historian, a mesmerizing account of how medieval European Christians envisioned the paradoxical nature of holy objects. Between the twelfth and the sixteenth centuries, European Christians used in worship a plethora of objects, not only prayer books, statues, and paintings but also pieces of natural materials, such as stones and earth, considered to carry holiness, dolls representing Jesus and Mary, and even bits of consecrated bread and wine thought to be miraculously preserved flesh and blood. Theologians and ordinary worshippers alike explained, utilized, justified, and warned against some of these objects, which could carry with them both anti-Semitic charges and the glorious promise of heaven. Their proliferation and the reaction against them form a crucial background to the European-wide movements we know today as “reformations” (both Protestant and Catholic).