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Conquest of the Soul: Confession, Discipline, and Public Order in Counter-Reformation Milan (Wietse de Boer) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004117488
Conquest of the Soul: Confession, Discipline, and Public Order in Counter-Reformation Milan (Wietse de Boer) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004117488
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Title: The Conquest of the Soul: Confession, Discipline, and Public Order in Counter-Reformation Milan

Author: Boer, Wietse de

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004117488

Volumes: 1; Pages: xxviii, 368

List Price in Cloth: $147.00 Our price: $123.99

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Carlo and Federico Borromeo achieved fame by turning Milan into the foremost laboratory of the Italian Counter-Reformation. This monograph, the first on the subject to appear in English, interprets their program of penitential discipline as a quest to reshape Lombard society by reaching into the souls of its inhabitants.This integration of the public and private spheres had vast implications--the transformation of the clergy into a professional body, a bureaucratic-juridical turn in sacramental practice, interventions in the ritual order (notably the introduction of the confessional), and new models of disciplined and 'civilized' behavior.Catholic confessionalism thus conceived had decidedly mixed outcomes. While it transformed the religious landscape forever, its deepest ambitions foundered amidst political opposition, popular resistance, and bureaucratic accommodation. Milan was never to be a city on a hill.
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