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4 (Winter)
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Domesticating the Counter-Reformation in Ireland

This article explores how traditional cultural forms could be employed to introduce Tridentine Catholicism to an Irish audience. The paper focuses on Geoffrey Keating’s Trí bior-ghaoithe an bháis (The three shafts of death) and compares his use of Gaelic poetry and the works of...

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Jesuit Encounters with Japanese Confucianism

Between 1549 and 1650, Jesuits gained knowledge of rising Confucianism in Japan. They came to understand Confucian filial piety in their dealings with Japanese marriage laws, and from their converts they learned more about Confucianism. In 1605 Brother Fukan Fabian published Mtei mondō [Myōtei dialogue...

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Vernacular Roman Histories in Renaissance Germany

German humanism’s contribution to national consciousness in the Renaissance has generally been sought in its supposed celebration of ancient German virtues, not least of which was a steadfast opposition to Rome. However, an examination of sixteenth-century translations of classical Roman histories into German reveals the lengths to which German humanists would go to connect, rather than...

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Salamone Rossi in Venice, 1622

An attempt will be made to reconstruct Salamone Rossi’s Venetian sojourn as it relates, first, to his presumed meetings with two leading Venetian Jews—the rabbi Leon Modena and the poetess Sarra Copia Sulam—and, second, to their influence in shaping his singular collection of Hebrew works, the “Songs of Solomon,” which, ever since their publication in mid-1623, have become the cornerstone of...

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Anti-Protestant Polemic of Ivan the Terrible

Russia’s place in the sixteenth-century European Reformation has remained largely an understudied subject in the West. Indeed, most early modern scholarship rarely crosses the Carpathians or Lake Peipus. Similarly, in Russia, scholars have not yet produced a systematic study of Ivan the Terrible’s views vis-a-vis the Reformation. This article examines Ivan the Terrible’s polemic against...

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