Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World


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This volume sets out to explore the world of domestic devotions and is premised on the assumption that the home was a central space of religious practice and experience throughout the early modern world. The contributions to this book, which deal with themes dating from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, tell of the intimate relationship between humans and the sacred within the walls of the home. The volume demonstrates that the home cannot be studied in isolation: the sixteen essays, that encompass religious history, the histories of art and architecture, material culture, literary history, and social and cultural history, instead point individually and collectively to the porosity of the home and its connectedness with other institutions and broader communities.

Contributors: Dotan Arad, Kathleen Ashley, Martin Christ, Hildegard Diemberger, Marco Faini, Suzanna Ivanič, Debra Kaplan, Marion H. Katz, Soyeon Kim, Hester Lees-Jeffries, Borja Franco Llopis, Alessia Meneghin, Francisco J. Moreno Díaz del Campo, Cristina Osswald, Kathleen M. Ryor, Igor Sosa Mayor, Hanneke van Asperen, Torsten Wollina, and Jungyoon Yang.
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Marco Faini is Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the Universities of Venice and Toronto. He was Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Villa I Tatti. The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and Research Associate at the Department of Italian, University of Cambridge.

Alessia Meneghin is Ahmanson Fellow at Villa I Tatti. The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. She has published a monograph on the Misericordie, and many articles on the Arti Minori, and on Renaissance Florentine economy and society.
Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World offers an array of impressive research that will prove enriching to all scholars of early modern history.”
Gary Gibbs, Roanoke College. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 3 (Fall 2021), pp. 1023–1025.

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Marco Faini and Alessia Meneghin

Part 1: Complicating the Sacred Space: Private and Public

1 The Brazilian House in the Eighteenth Century: Devotion at Home
Cristina Osswald

2 When the Home Becomes a Shrine: Public Prayers in Private Houses among the Ottoman Jews
Dotan Arad

Part 2: Confessional Confrontation

3 Psalm-Singing at Home: The Case of Etienne Mathieu, a Burgundian Protestant
Kathleen Ashley

4 Between Domestic and Public: Johann Leisentrit’s (1527–1586) Instructions for the Sick and Dying of Upper Lusatia
Martin Christ

5 The Moriscos’ Artistic Domestic Devotions Viewed through Christian Eyes in Early Modern Iberia
Borja Franco Llopis and Francisco Javier Moreno Díaz del Campo

6 The Unwritten Ritual: The Duality of Religion in Sixteenth-Century Chosŏn Korea
Soyeon Kim

Part 3: Family Life

7 Between Home and Sufi Convent: Devotional Book Use in Early Modern Damascus
Torsten Wollina

8 Commemoration of the Prophet’s Birthday as a Domestic Ritual in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Damascus
Marion H. Katz

9 Prayers at the Nuptial Bed: Spiritual Guidance on Consummation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Epithalamia
Jungyoon Yang

Part 4: The Materiality of Devotion

10 Amulets and the Material Interface of Beliefs in Seventeenth-Century Prague Burgher Homes
Suzanna Ivanič

11 Experimenting with Relics: Laypeople, Knowledge and Relics in Seventeenth-Century Spain
Igor Sosa Mayor

12 Style as Substance: Literary Ink Painting and Buddhist Practice in Late Ming Dynasty China
Kathleen M. Ryor

Part 5: Prayer and Meditation

13 ‘Thou Hast Made this Bed Thine Altar’: John Donne’s Sheets
Hester Lees-Jeffries

14 The Book as Shrine, the Badge as Bookmark: Religious Badges and Pilgrims’ Souvenirs in Devotional Manuscripts
Hanneke van Asperen

Part 6: Gendering Devotion

15 Living Spaces, Communal Places: Early Modern Jewish Homes and Religious Devotions
Debra Kaplan

16 Birth, Death and Reincarnation in the Life of a Fifteenth-Century Tibetan Princess
Hildegard Diemberger

Index Nominum
Academics and students interested in the history of the early modern family and home; religious devotion; and the relationship between humans and the sacred, across space, time, social and cultural levels.
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