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The Religion of the Poor

The Religion of the Poor
Rural Missions in Europe and the Formation of Modern Catholicism, c.1500–c.1800

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  • Date Published: August 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521562010

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  • The Religion of the Poor is a major work of early modern history, an ambitious survey of Catholic missions into the European countryside from 1500-1800. Louis Chatellier analyzes the impulses to missionary activity at the end of the Middle Ages, and outlines in detail the development of missionary activity after the Council of Trent. He discusses the type of religion proffered by the missionaries, and documents the way in which mission activities changed in reaction to external social and political circumstance.

    • Major overview of central aspect of European religious history
    • Important contribution to history of Catholicism
    • Latest work by leading French scholar, Louis Chatellier , author of highly successful Europe of the Devout
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the book admirably serves its purpose as a sweeping survey of a neglected subject." Choice

    "Châtellier has written a fascinating book.... The book itself is worth reading for those interested in a variety of subjects in Reformation and Catholic Reformation history...." Kathleen M. Comerford, Church History

    "I hope Cambridge University Press will continue to make this prlific and insightful scholar's works available by the translation of his recent two-volume synthesis of the development of early modern Catholicism in France: Le catholicisme en France (Paris, 1995)." Carter Lindberg, The Journal of Religion

    "Chantellier does a magnificent job..." Andrew Barnes, Journal of Social History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521562010
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.555kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 16 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of Abbreviations
    List of Maps
    Part I. The Extent of the Missions in Europe:
    1. From the Middle Ages to modern times
    2. The spirit of the Council
    3. From the missionary impulse to the impossible mission
    4. Apotheosis
    Part II. The World Disillusioned:
    5. God
    6. The cross
    7. Bread
    8. From pardon to salvation
    9. Satan
    Part III. Towards a New Religion:
    10. Changing the village
    11. The missions challenged
    12. From the religion of the poor to the religion of modern times

  • Author

    Louis Châtellier, Université de Nancy II, France


    Brian Pearce

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