Miracles, political authority and violence in medieval and early modern history

Hodgson, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-8490-209X and Rowley, M., 2022. Miracles, political authority and violence in medieval and early modern history. Themes in medieval and early modern history . Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367767280

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This volume examines how historical beliefs about the supernatural were used to justify violence, secure political authority or extend toleration in both the medieval and early modern periods.

Contributors explore miracles, political authority and violence in Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, various Protestant groups, Judaism, Islam and the local religious beliefs of Pacific Islanders who interacted with Christians. The chapters are geographically expansive, with contributions ranging from confessional conflict in Poland-Lithuania to the conquest of Oceania. They examine various types of conflict such as confessional struggles, conversion attempts, assassination and war, as well as themes including diplomacy, miraculous iconography, toleration, theology and rhetoric. Together, the chapters explore the appropriation of accounts of miraculous violence that are recorded in sacred texts to reveal what partisans claimed God did in conflict, and how they claimed to know. The volume investigates theories of justified warfare, changing beliefs about the supernatural with the advent of modernity and the perceived relationship between human and divine agency.

Miracles, Political Authority and Violence in Medieval and Early Modern History is of interest to scholars and students in several fields including religion and violence, political and military history, and theology and the reception of sacred texts in the medieval and early modern world.

Item Type: Edited book
Creators: Hodgson, N. and Rowley, M.
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2022
ISBN: 9780367767280
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 12 Aug 2022 10:28
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2022 10:28
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46868

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