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The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Modern Germany
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Introduction; 1. Transformations in Marian teaching; 2. Marian piety in Lutheran Germany; 3. Confessional frictions and the status of the Virgin; 4. The Counter-Reformation cult; 5. Catholic pluralism and Cologne; 6. Marian devotion and gender; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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An interdisciplinary study of the changing attitudes to Mary as a religious symbol in post-Reformation Germany.

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Bridget Heal is Lecturer in Early Modern History and Director of the Institute for Reformation Studies at the University of St Andrews.

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'... a nuanced account of Mary's significance for Lutheran and Catholic circles in the Holy Roman Empire during the Reformation.' H-Net
'Bridget Heal's Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Modern Germany provides readers with a fascinating examination of the tenacity of Marian devotion and diversity of religious life in early modern Germany. Situating her analysis of both archival and artistic sources within the distinctive historical and theological currents that shaped the religious experience of townsfolk in her three cities, Heal demonstrates the variety of Marianism in both Protestant and Catholic territories. Enriched by more than sixty evocative images of Marian artworks from throughout the Empire, analyzed with a keen eye for their historical significance, this work represents a valuable contribution to the literature on religious culture in early modern Germany.' Central European History
'The text is accompanied by well-chosen, mostly unfamiliar images and concludes with an excellent index with plenty of thematic entries which makes this important study highly user friendly.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'Heal's work will be a valuable resource for scholars in art history, gender studies, the history and theology of the Reformation, and the intersection of politics and religion in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe.' German Quarterly
"...a nuanced account of Mary's significance for Lutheran and Catholic circles in the Holy Roman Empire during the Reformation." -Richard J. Ninness, H-German
"Bridget Heal's Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Modern Germany provides readers with a fascinating examination of the tenacity of Marian devotion and diversity of religious life in early modern Germany. Situating her analysis of both archival and artistic sources within the distinctive historical and theological currents that shaped the religious experience of townsfolk in her three cities, Heal demonstrates the variety of Marianism in both Protestant and Catholic territories. Enriched by more than sixty evocative images of Marian artworks from throughout the Empire, analyzed with a keen eye for their historical significance, this work represents a valuable contribution to the literature on religious culture in early modern Germany." -Central European History
"a fascinating examination of the tenacity of Marian devotion and diversity of religious life in early modern Germany... Enriched by more than sixty evocative images of Marian artworks from throughout the Empire, analyzed with a keen eye for their historical significance, this work represents a valuable contribution to the literature on religious culture in early modern Germany." -Central European History
"[Heal] offers a depth and richness of detail that goes beyond most treatments of Marian piety and the Reformation. The book contains over sixty illustrations, which add significantly to the book's persuasiveness. Heal's creative use of images and archival documents yields new insights into the impact of both the Lutheran and Catholic Reformations on popular piety and highlights yet again the need to consider local circumstances and variations when describing religious change in early modern Germany." Sixteenth Century Journal, Amy Nelson Burnett, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
"Heal's work is a must for libraries and for Reformation scholars. Well-written and excellently illustrated with examples from art, it could easily appeal to serious undergraduate scholars. Most importantly, this work is significant because it definitively dispels the mistaken assumption that the Virgin Mary had meaning only for Catholics in Reformation Germany." The Historian, Raymond L. Sickinger, Providence College

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