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 seventeen 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 are Dotan Arad, Kathleen Ashley, Martin Christ, Hildegard Diemberger, Marco Faini, Iain Fenlon, Suzanna Ivanič, Jungyoon Yang, Debra Kaplan, Marion Katz, Soyeon Kim, Hester Lees-Jeffries, Borja Franco Llopis, Alessia Meneghin, Francisco J. Moreno Díaz del Campo, Maria Cristina Osswald, Kathleen Ryor, Igor Sosa Mayor, Hanneke van Asperen, and Torsten Wollina.
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.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments Figures and Tables Notes on the Editors Notes on the Contributors
Introduction 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
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.