Emotion and Devotion

Emotion and Devotion: The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures

Miri Rubin
Volume: 2
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition: NED - New edition, 1
Pages: 131
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    Emotion and Devotion
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    In Emotion and Devotion Miri Rubin explores the craft of the historian through a series of studies of medieval religious cultures. In three original chapters she approaches the medieval figure of the Virgin Mary with the aim of unravelling meaning and experience. Hymns and miracle tales, altarpieces and sermons – a wide range of sources from many European regions – are made to reveal the creativity and richness which they elicited in medieval people, women and men, clergy and laity, people of status and riches as well as those of modest means.  

    eISBN: 978-615-5211-74-4
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[vi])
  3. Preface
    (pp. 1-4)
  4. Chapter 1 The Global “Middle Ages”
    (pp. 5-44)

    I continue to follow the autobiographical strand with which I began. Coming to the world of historical research in the mid-1980s was tantamount to an exhilarating immersion in a gushing fountainhead. So much was fresh and new, and there was more to come. Gender was becoming established as a necessary tool of knowledge and historical understanding; groups traditionally neglected or indeed condescended to by historians—women, peasants, children, artisans, Jews, gypsies, lower clergy—had found their champions too. The tedious claim by some that these groups could not be studied simply because they had left no sources was being countered...

  5. Chapter 2 Mary, and Others
    (pp. 45-78)

    In her article “The rites of violence” Natalie Davis taught many important lessons.¹ One of the most influential was the link she demonstrated and explored between violence and the making of identity. In the course of violent encounters between Catholics and Protestants in sixteenth-century France people acted as bearers and protectors of religious symbols. They were actors in street dramas, and they expressed their identities through the enactment of violence that was patterned and encoded, as rituals are. Inasmuch as people imagined themselves not only as adherents, but as champions and defenders of a pattern of life which included relations...

  6. Chapter 3 Emotions and Selves
    (pp. 79-110)

    Following the footsteps of Natalie Zemon Davis, and very much in her honor, the previous two chapters traced the possibilities of a global history and the creation of terrains of polemic and encounter within the vast and important culture field that developed around Mary in medieval Europe.

    In this chapter we will continue the enterprise of identifying Tasks and Themes in the Study of European Culture, by studying the emergence of a European style of emotive devotion. For in the centuries that followed the year one thousand, the Mary of prayer, the lady of intercession, became increasingly an enabling site...

  7. Index
    (pp. 111-116)
  8. [Pictures]
    (pp. 117-124)