The Fear of Hell : Images of Damnation and Salvation in Early Modern Europe
This book considers two of the most potent Christian concepts - Hell and the Eucharist. In the first part of the book, the author argues that fear of Hell was a common preoccupation in the 16th and 17th centuries. Drawing on the sermons of the preachers of the Counter-Reformation, he shows how the image of Hell developed into a grotesque parody of divine judgement which was only arrested by the onset of the Enlightenment. The second part considers the Eucharist, or Host, the embodiment of corporeal salvation. The author describes how it was related to the human body, and the kinds of mystical properties with which it was invested.
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- Hardback | 220 pages
- 152 x 229mm | 473g
- 31 Jan 1991
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Part 1 Hell: the house with three floors; the doubtful eternity; scruples and "counterfeit chimeras"; the "unhappy" country; the "foul-smelling drains"; the laughing god; from the heart of the Earth to the Sun; the "comfortable life" and "weak sinners". Part 2 The host: the stolen ciborium; the "stupendous excess"; the mysterious food; in the pit of the stomach; the horror of the guts.