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Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in 16th Century France (Christopher Elwood) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195121339
Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in 16th Century France (Christopher Elwood) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 1999) 9780195121339
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Title: The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in 16th Century France

Author: Elwood, Christopher

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195121339

Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

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This book examines the disputes about the eucharist that were carried out in the popular press in 16th-century France. Elwood's focus is on the way in which power is symbolized in eucharist doctrine, and how representations of power in the context of theological discussion influenced understandings of power in other spheres of life. By concentrating on writings that were accessible to and likely read by a popular lay audience, Elwood seeks to discover what ideas concerning the eucharist were actually conveyed by readers. His central argument is that the Calvinist eucharist theory propounded in the 16th century included a way on construing power and the relation between the sacred and society that contributed in a very significant way to the ideological, social, and political unrest that characterized the Reformation period.CONTENTSAbbreviations Introduction 1 Immanent Majesty: The Eucharist and the Body of Christ in Late Medieval Society 2 Heavenly Things in Heaven: The First Wave of French Protestant Propaganda, 1533-1535 3 Specifying Power: Sacramental Signification in Calvin's Theology of the Eucharist 4 Seeds of Discord: The Diffusion of the Reformed Doctrine, 1540-1560 5 The Catholic Riposte: Defenses of the Real Presence at the Beginning of the Religious Wars 6 The Eucharist, Reformed Social Formation, and the Ideology of Resistance Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
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