Invisible Worlds: Death, Religion and the Supernatural in England, 1500-1700
After a historiographical and interpretative introduction, the book falls into two parts, both referencing the 'Invisible Worlds' of the title, and representing different angles of vision on aspects of early modern belief that today seem particularly strange and disturbing, even...
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After a historiographical and interpretative introduction, the book falls into two parts, both referencing the 'Invisible Worlds' of the title, and representing different angles of vision on aspects of early modern belief that today seem particularly strange and disturbing, even to believing Christians. The first five chapters consider the intellectual and cultural consequences of the Reformation's assault on established beliefs about the afterlife, and the experience of souls there. They show how debates about the existence of purgatory, and related matters such as the nature of hell-fire, acted as unwitting agents of modernisation, but also provided scope for ordinary people to practise a kind of vernacular theology. The second part looks at deeply-held beliefs around angels, ghosts and fairies, and how these were re-appropriated and re-imagined when cut from their traditional theological moorings.
Peter Marshall has gained national recognition as a preacher and teacher on Christian maturity. A graduate of Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he formerly served as pastor of the East Dennis Community Church on Cape Cod. Marshall lives in Orleans, Massachusetts. He is the co-author of The Light and the Glory:1492-1787 with David Manuel.
- Part 1: Heaven, Hell And Purgatory: Humans In The Spirit World 1. After Purgatory: Death And Remembrance In The Reformation World 2. 'the Map Of God's Word': Geographies Of The Afterlife In Tudor And Early Stuart England' 3. Judgment And Repentance In Tudor Manchester: The Celestial Journey Of Ellis Hall 4. The Reformation Of Hell? Protestant And Catholic Infernalisms, C. 1560-1640 5. The Company Of Heaven: Identity And Sociability In The English Protestant Afterlife Part 2: Angels, Ghosts And Fairies: Spirits In The Human World 6. Angels Around The Deathbed: Variations On A Theme In The English Art Of Dying 7. The Guardian Angel In Protestant England 8. Deceptive Appearances: Ghosts And Reformers In Elizabethan And Jacobean England 9. Piety And Poisoning In Restoration Plymouth 10. Transformations Of The Ghost Story In Post-reformation England 11. Ann Jeffries And The Fairies: Folk Belief And The War On Scepticism