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Reformation of Ritual: An Interpretation of Early Modern Germany (Susan Karant-Nunn) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 1997) 9780415113373


Title: Reformation of Ritual: An Interpretation of Early Modern Germany

Author: Karant-Nunn, Susan

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1997

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415113373

Volumes: 1; Pages: 304

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In The Reformation of Ritual Susan Karant-Nunn explores the function of ritual in early modern German society, and the extent to which it was modified by the Reformation.

Employing anthropological insights, and drawing on extensive archival research, Susan Karant-Nunn outlines the significance of the ceremonial changes. This comprehensive study includes an examination of all major rites of passage: birth, baptism, confirmation, engagement, marriage, the churching of women after childbirth, penance, the Eucharist, and dying. The author argues that the changes in ritual made over the course of the century reflect more than theological shifts; ritual was a means of imposing discipline and of making the divine more or less accessible. Church and state cooperated in using ritual as one means of gaining control of the populace.
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