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Title: Patroness of Paris: Rituals of Devotion in Early Modern France
Author: Sluhovsky, Moshe
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1997
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004108516
Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 266
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The book examines the interactions among religious practices, urbanization processes, and the rise of French Absolutism. It focuses on the cult of Sainte Genevive, the patron saint of Paris, and the ways in which social and political developments in Paris between 1400 and the French Revolution shaped the cult and were, in turn, shaped by it.The first section analyzes the development of the cult, its liturgy and cult practitioners, in medieval Paris, and the construction of the saint as a patroness of the city.The second part follows the transformations in public rituals of invocations of the saint, and the appropriations of the cult by municipal and royal authorities. The third section focuses on the devotional practices and social composition of the lay confraternity in honor of the saint.Reviews"... this original and important book ... is full of scholarly surprises, which change our understanding of how rituals work in one of Europe's greatest cities."--Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto."This is a wonderful book, written with style, elegance, and sensivity. It demonstrates how a skillful historian can illuminate the beliefs and practices of medieval and early modern people as they interacted with a figure who, despite her achievements, was ordinary and familiar to them, not the representation of a distant God."--Larissa Juliet Taylor, Sixteenth Century Journal, 1999.