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.Preachers will speak with great warmth concerning Marya#39;s suffering, but they do so most often in specifically Marian sermons. For example, there is only one significant mention of the Virgin in the two Passion meditations of St. Peter Canisius.9anbsp;...

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


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