The Body Broken

The Body Broken : The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France

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This study of controversy over the eucharist in sixteenth-century France argues that Calvinist interpretations of the Lord's Supper played a crucial role in the development of early modern revolutionary politics. Focusing on new understandings of signs and symbols conveyed in Protestant eucharistic writings, Elwood shows how eucharistic doctrine facilitated new conceptions of the nature of power and the relation between society and the sacred and contributed to the development of the divergent religious, social, and political ideals that threatened to destroy France in the second half of the sixteenth more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 174.2 x 225 x 22.1mm | 585.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195121333
  • 9780195121339
  • 1,458,327

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The central chapters of the book provide an admirably clear exposition of the nuances of Reformed eucharistic teachings ... The book is a valuable addition to the history of sixteenth-century eucharistic theology. * Philip Benedict, Ecclesiastical History * All those interested in sixteenth-century French history will benefit from this study on the public role of religious ideas and symbols in understanding the breakdown of governmental authority and social stability in sixteenth-century France * The Expository Times * Elwood's study is a fascinating mix of theological and social interpretation * Mid-America Journal of Theology * This book is a rare work that delivers more than its title promises * American Historical Review * This is an important book, thorough, convincing, and well-documented ... This superb book will be of interest to historians, theologians, and political theorists * American Historical Review *show more

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