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Alexandra Heidle and J.A.M. Snoek

Women have been structurally part of the masonic enterprise from at least the middle of the 18th century. Yet, little is known about the ways in which they themselves obtained and exercised power to influence the systems they were involved in, in order to adapt them to be more appropriate to their needs. This volume intends to concentrate on two aspects: Women’s agency (i.e. the power women gained and exercised in this context) and rituals (i.e. the role of men and women in changing and shaping the rituals women work with). These two aspects are closely related, since it requires some agency to realise changes in existing rituals.

Marriage Rituals Italian Style

A Historical Anthropological Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews

Roni Weinstein

Marriage Rituals Italian Style: A Historical Anthropological Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews is the first comprehensive attempt to present the wealth of primary documents relating to marriage rituals in Jewish Italian communities - responsa, private letters, court protocols, defamating books, love stories, material objects - and place them in historical context. The book traces the chronological course of different phases of marriage (matchmaking, betrothal, the wedding day), and also adopts a thematic perspective. Marriage rituals mirror key issues in local Jewish culture: family life, gender, the youth sub-culture, sexuality, the uses of property, and the honor ethos. Jewish marriage rituals in Italy are revealed as surprisingly similar to those of their Catholic neighbors, and undergo similar change process.

The Anatomy of a Crowd

Making Mobs in Early America

Thomas Humphrey

people’s inappropriate behavior. By allegedly seducing a married man, Wilson had violated what the community considered acceptable behavior for both single and married women so the community decided to punish her ritually and publicly. What makes this specific case of ritualized violence fascinating is

Labouvie, Eva

instance of life and death, happiness and distress, joy and pain, being and becoming human. Into the early 20th century, no other event, not even matrimony, was associated with more festival, ritual,...


The book examines the interactions among religious practices, urbanization processes, and the rise of French Absolutism. It focuses on the cult of Sainte Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, and the ways in which social and political developments in Paris between 1400 and the French Revolution shaped the cult and were, in turn, shaped by it.
The first section analyzes the development of the cult, its liturgy and cult practitioners, in medieval Paris, and the construction of the saint as a patroness of the city.
The second part follows the transformations in public rituals of invocations of the saint, and the appropriations of the cult by municipal and royal authorities.
The third section focuses on the devotional practices and social composition of the lay confraternity in honor of the saint.

Susanne Pohl

UNEASY PEACE THE PRACTICE OF THE STALLUNG RITUAL IN ZÜRICH, 1400-1525 SUSANNE POHL Cornell University A bstract This article discusses the Stallung or “peace bidding” ritual in the imperial city of Zürich during the Ž fteenth and early sixteenth centuries. According to city law, every Zürcher


Enrique García Santo-Tomás

1 Introduction: Civic Rituals Recent studies by scholars like María José del Río-Barredo, Diana Carrió-Invernizzi, and Teófilo F. Ruiz 1 have connected seminal facets of religious and secular celebrations with some of the most visible cultural dynamics in Early

Hans Jürgen Scheuer

-sakrale Bedeutung des Requisits ableitbar sein? Sollten wir nicht erwarten können, dass deutlich zu unterscheiden wäre zwischen dem Ritual, durch das im Rahmen der Liturgiefeier die Dingnatur eines Objekts (des Brotes) substantiell in eine Geistnatur (den Leib Christi) verwandelt wird, und einer Ritualmimesis, wie

Gareis, Iris

Jennifer Mara DeSilva

privileged their dual loyalty, in the aftermath of the Bentivoglio expulsion in 1512, the pope’s anger with Agamemnon as a Bolognese orator reveals the malleability of civic patriotism and political allegiance. Keywords Diplomacy, Bologna, Rome, papacy, episcopacy, ritual Introduction Historians of the early