From Sacred Body to Angelic Soul

From Sacred Body to Angelic Soul

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Through an insightful examination of popular sermons by some of the most famous preachers of the day, Donna Spivey Ellington discusses the importance of Marian devotion to the religious understanding of European Christians in the late medieval and early modern periods. She charts a dramatic shift of emphasis in the public portrayal of the Virgin Mary from the 15th through 17th centuries. As Europe experienced the impact of printing and increased literacy, the Protestant Reformation, the growing development of individualism and a private sense of self, and changing attitudes to women, Marian devotion was also transformed. The Church's portrait of the Virgin gradually became focused less on her body and more on her soul.... of the body, whether by Borromeo and other prominent churchmen or by the writers of manuals for devotional congregations, are ... Often, young children learned proper aquot;Christian civilityaquot; along with the other more central aspects of the faith when they attended ... humility was the Marian virtue most desired by Catholic preachers, so handbooks designed to promote Christian civility in Catholic soci- 72.


Title:From Sacred Body to Angelic Soul
Author: Donna Spivey Ellington
Publisher:CUA Press - 2001
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