The Reformation of the Dead

The Reformation of the Dead : Death and Ritual in Early Modern Germany, c.1450-1700

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Koslofsky examines the human encounter with death in Germany from the eve of the Reformation to the rise of Pietism. The Protestant Reformation transformed the funeral more profoundly than any other ritual of the traditional church. Luther's doctrine of salvation 'by faith alone' made the foundation of the traditional funeral, intercession for the dead in Purgatory, obsolete. By drawing on anthropological interpretations of death ritual, this study explores the changing relationships between the body, the soul, the living and the dead in the daily life of early modern Germany.
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  • Hardback | 223 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17.53mm | 455g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • XIII, 223 p.
  • 0333666852
  • 9780333666852

Table of contents

List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Acknowledgements Death, Ritual and the Reformation PART ONE: SEPARATING THE LIVING FROM THE DEAD Souls: The Death of Purgatory and the Reformation Bodies: Placing the Dead in the German Reformation PART TWO: THE LUTHERAN FUNERAL RITUAL TO 1700 The Formation of the Lutheran Funeral Ritual Honor and Violence: Funerals in the Confessional Age From Disgrace to Distinction: Nocturnal Burial in Seventeenth Century Germany Death, Ritual and History Index
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"...should be essential reading for all students of the Reformation." - Gary K. Waite, Canadian Journal of History

Craig M. Koslofsky's book is an important contribution to the social history of the reformation. American Historical Review
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"...should be essential reading for all students of the Reformation." - Gary K. Waite, Canadian Journal of History


Craig M. Koslofsky's book is an important contribution to the social history of the reformation. American Historical Review
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About Craig M. Koslofsky

Craig M. Koslofsky is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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