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The Reformation
Towards a New History


  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521717977

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  • This book recasts the story of the Reformation by bringing together two histories: the Encounter between Europe and the western hemisphere beginning in 1492; and the fragmentation of European Christendom in the sixteenth century. In so doing, it restores resonance to 'idolatry', 'cannibal', 'barbarian', even as it moves past such polemics to trace multiple understandings of divinity, matter and human nature. So many aspects of human life, from marriage and family through politics to ways of thinking about space and time, were called into question. Debates on human nature and conversion forged new understandings of religious identity. Debates on the relationship of humanity to the material world forged new understandings of image and ritual, new understandings of physics. By the end of the century, there was not one 'Christian religion', but many, and many understandings of the Christian in the world.

    • Brings together two histories - the encounter ('discovery') and the Reformation - that are usually told separately
    • Offers a new narrative of the Reformation and the transformation of Western Christianity in the sixteenth century, based upon research and writing from the past twenty years
    • Narrates a story of human difference in which no one tradition is normative
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521717977
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Beginnings:
    1. Christianity in 1500
    2. 'The New World'
    3. 'The World'
    Part II. Fragmentation:
    4. The word of God and the ordering of the world
    5. The ties that bind
    6. Boundaries
    Part III. Religion Reconceived:
    7. Christians
    8. Things and places
    9. Incarnation

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Early Modern Christianity
    • Historical Theology: The Reformation
    • Reformation History
    • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Author

    Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Lee Palmer Wandel is a Professor of History, Religious Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Always Among Us: Images of the Poor in Zwingli's Zurich (1990), Voracious Idols and Violent Hands: Iconoclasm in Reformation Zurich, Strasbourg, and Basel (1994) and The Eucharist in the Reformation: Incarnation and Liturgy (2006), all with Cambridge University Press. She also co-authored (with Robin Winks) Europe in a Wider World, 1350–1650 (2003) and co-edited (with Walter Melion) Early Modern Eyes (2009).

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