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Title: Angels in the Early Modern World
Author: Marshall, Peter Alexandra Walsham (eds)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521843324
Volumes: 1; Pages: 344
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Belief in the importance of angels was as widespread and intense in the early modern era as it had been in the middle ages. This volume is the first to consider how ideas about the nature, existence and activities of angels negotiated the religious, intellectual and cultural upheavals of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The contributors explore the fate and fortunes of these heavenly protectors and messengers against the backdrop of the Renaissance and Reformation and in the context of scientific change. Ranging from the British Isles and continental Europe to New England and Latin America, they consider how angels were implicated in the processes of Protestant and Catholic renewal, their relationship with witchcraft and magic, and their representation in literature and art. Based on original research, the essays offer genuinely fresh insight into the moments and movements that defined the early modern world.ContentsPreface and acknowledgments1. Migrations of angels in the early modern world Peter Marshall and Alexandra Walsham2. The Renaissance angel Bruce Gordon3. Luther on the angels Philip M. Soergel4. Angels around the deathbed: variations on a theme in the English art of dying Peter Marshall5. Angels conquering and conquered: changing perceptions in Spanish America Fernando Cervantes6. Angels and idols in England's long Reformation Alexandra Walsham7. Dubious messengers: Bodin's daemon, the spirit world and the Sadducees Robin Briggs8. Guardian angels and the Society of Jesus Trevor Johnson9. Imagining angels in early modern Ireland Raymond Gillespie10. 'Patronage of angels and combat of demons': good versus evil in seventeenth-century Spain Maria Tausiet11. 'With the tongues of angels': angelic conversations in Paradise Lost and seventeenth-century England Joad Raymond12. Otherworldly visions: angels, devils and gender in puritan New England Elizabeth Reis13. Angels in elite and popular magic, 1650-1790 Owen Davies.