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Journal > Volumes > 40 (2009) > 2 (Summer)
2 (Summer)
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Funeral Processions in the United Provinces

This article explores how the funeral processions of the Dutch stadholders negotiated the ambiguous outcomes of the Dutch Revolt and the Reformation. Basing themselves on the obsequies of the former Habsburg sovereigns, the directors of these public ceremonies created a separation between the private and public identities of the deceased. This was important since the sovereignty of the...

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Holy Topography in Jesuit Spirituality & Pure Land Buddhism

This essay explores the receptive potential of Evangelicae Historiae Imagines (Antwerp, 1593) in the context of Buddhist devotional culture in China. I argue that EHI, a meditative manual expounding the Jesuits’ exquisite methodology of visually oriented contemplation, could be eagerly received and fully functional among its Chinese audience, which was already familiar with a similar tradition...

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Monstrous Births & Counter-Reformation Visual Polemics

In 1569 a broadsheet titled Ecclesia Militans was published in Ingolstadt by Alexanderv Weissenhorn. Written by Franciscan Johann Nas (1534–90), it incorporates a long poem and a complex image prepared under Nas’s direction and closely integrated with the text. The image and text present a number of figures from the book of Revelation, including the seven-headed beast and the whore of Babylon...

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European Jews & Reformation Narratives

Extant historiography has created a historiographic ghetto, seldom considering Jewish sources as relevant to the larger narrative of European history. This has created two parallel, often disconnected areas of study, “European history” and “Jewish history.” Archival materials show that Jews and Christians resided side by side and interacted daily in early modern Europe. Reformation Strasbourg...

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Predestination & Politics in the Westminster Assembly

In the late summer of 1643 William Twisse, the most prominent predestinarian in the British Isles, fell silent as he presided over one of the Westminster Assembly’s most significant debates. The event prompted contemporaries to comment on his appointment to the leadership of the assembly and possible motivations for his inactivity. In this study it serves as a pointer to readings of religious...

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