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1 (Spring)
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The Swoons & Crucifixion of Mary in Castilian Passion Treatises

The first Castilian Passion treatises presented meditations on the Passion of the son and the mother. In order to understand the implications of a Passion with two main characters, the method is situated in relation to its medieval European precedent of the compassionate, emotional Virgin as well as Iberian Marian devotion. In three Franciscan treatises published in Andalusia (1511–28), the...

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Crown, County, & Corporation in Early Seventeenth-Century Essex

In early modern England, the relationship between Crown and borough was not always oppositional, and could often be cooperative and flexible. Town officials could even utilize state authority for their own purposes so long as they did not ignore certain critical Crown needs. In early seventeenth-century Colchester, Essex, bailiffs, mayors, and attorneys successfully mediated local disputes...

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Learning & Masculinity in Ritual Magic Manuscripts

Manuscripts of late medieval and Renaissance ritual magic provide a unique insight into the gender construction of learned men. They reveal a subjective world of desire and anxiety that has for the most part been a matter of conjecture in the literature on masculinity. These manuscripts also overcome one of the limitations associated with the anxiety model: the tendency to regard masculinity...

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Mary Magdalene & the English Reformation Mass

In early modern Protestant England, traditional Catholic worship and sacraments, particularly the Mass, declined, and many Catholics feared for their salvation. At the same time, an increased veneration of Mary Magdalene focused no longer on penance and redemption, but on Mary’s discovery of Christ’s empty tomb. Magdalene’s distress at losing the corporeal body of Christ mirrored English...

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German Protestant Humanists at the Court of Queen Elizabeth

This article discusses two German Protestant writers who used Latin to insert themselves into the culture of the Elizabethan court. Jacobus Falckenburgius’s two collections of verse indicate the strategies and, when placed within the political context of the court, the perils that a Reformed Protestant encountered in advancing his religious and political commitments. Like Falckenburgius,...

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