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The Imaginative World of the Reformation

Author: 
Peter Matheson (Author)
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Description

In this small gem of Reformation research, Peter Matheson offers a rich view of the Reformation as it appeared in pamphlets and sermons, woodcuts and paintings, poetry and song, correspondence and the contours of daily life.
The popular media he explores evince the Reformation's novel use of images and metaphors, its deep effects on personal and family life and spirituality, heightened civic engagement, great utopian dreams and experiments, as well as its nightmarish excesses.
ISBN: 
9780800632915
Price: 
$18.00
Release date: 
July 17, 2001
Pages: 
168
Width: 
5.50
Height: 
8.50

Endorsements

"The Imaginative World of the Reformation evokes the aspirations and ideals of a remarkable generation of European men and women. Professor Matheson has recaptured something of the revolutionary power of the early Reformation for ordinary people. This is a splendid book, beautifully written, penetrating and permeated throughout with a generous humanity."
—Professor Stewart J. Brown, University of Edinburgh

Reviews

"Matheson suggests that we have misunderstood the Reformation. Seeing it from another angle might allow us to appreciate its dynamism. That angle directs our view to the imagination rather than to doctrinal disputes and social forces. ...

"Reproductions of two dozen well-selected 16th-century images illustrate the book. ... The discussion of Argula von Grumbach's life is especially engaging. ...

"[Mattheson's] work suggests a way to understand the Reformation more deeply and to discern its affinities with our own time."
— from The Christian Century, January 2-9, 2002

Table of Contents

    Illustrations
    Abbreviations
    Preface

  1. The Stirring of the Imagination
  2. A New Song or the Stripping of the Altars?
  3. Rural and Urban Utopias
  4. Nightmare
  5. The Contours of Daily Life
  6. The Spirituality of the Reformation

    Bibliography
    Index of Names and Places