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Friars, Nobles and Burghers – Sermons, Images and Prints

Studies of Culture and Society in Early-Modern Europe

In Memoriam István György Tóth

Edited by
Jaroslav Miller, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
László Kontler, Central European University, Budapest

The essays in this volume reflect the broader interpretation of culture as a system of shared meanings, values, attitudes and symbolic forms in any sphere of human life. Although thematically diverse, all these studies adhere to the concept of what is sometimes termed the new cultural history or socio-cultural history.

The work opens with a cluster of methodological and historiographical reflections. Topics covered by the thematic sections include confessional and religious life in early modern Europe, symbolism and representation, strife and accommodation among different denominations compelled to live in a common space, order and hierarchy, cracks in the machinery of authority and the threat of disintegration as well as the history of alphabetization, literacy and reading and writing practices.

This book pays tribute to István György Tóth (1956–2005), Head of the Department of Early-Modern History at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Professor of History at Central European University (both in Budapest), until his premature death in 2005.


László Kontler, Farewell to István György Tóth; Jaroslav Miller and László Kontler, Foreword; I. Approaches and Historiographical Issues Heinz Schilling, The Religious Borderlines of the Confessionalization and Secularisation of European Culture and Societies: Results and Perspectives of My Cooperation with István György Tóth; Charles Kecskeméti, The Value of Foreign Sources for the Understanding of National History, Dubravko Lovrenović, Hungary and Bosnia 1387–1463: Between Stereotypes and New Interpretations, II. Confessional and Religious Life II.1. Confessional Identities Maria Crăciun, Eucharistic Iconography and the Confessional Identity of the Saxon Community in Early Modern Transylvania; Márta Fata, “Wider den grausamen Erbfeind deß Christlichen Nahmens”: Lutheran Military Chaplains from Württemberg in the Hungarian Wars against the Ottoman Empire in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries; Eva Kowalská, The Ambivalence of Exile: Hungarian Exiles in Germany in the Seventeenth Century; Georg B. Michels, The Counter-Reformation and the 1672 Kuruc Revolt; II.2. Symbol and Representation Radmila Pavlíčková, A Funeral and a Political Pamphlet: The Funeral Sermon for Archbishop Johann Schweikard of Mainz in 1626; Martin Elbel, The Making of a Perfect Friar: Habit and Reform in the Franciscan Tradition; II.3. Strife and Accommodation Antonín Kalous, The Politics of Church Unification: Efforts to Reunify the Utraquists and Rome in the 1520s; Daniel Tollet, Some Reflections on Uniatism in the Confederation of Poland and Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century, II.4. Religion, Empire and Ideology Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, The Political Theologies of Empires: Jesuit Missionaries between Counter-Reformation Europe and the Chinese Empire; Alfred J. Rieber, Conversion as an Instrument of Imperial Rule: The Case of the Russian Empire; III. Society and Culture III.1. Order, Hierarchy and Cultural Capital Joachim Bahlcke, The “Bishops of the Hungarian Crown”: A Case Study in the Ecclesiastical, Social and Constitutional History of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in South-Eastern Europe; Emese Bálint, Levels of Group Loyalty at the Turn of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Kolozsvár in the Rákóczi War of Independence; Anna Maria Rao, Comparing the Enlightenment: Men of Letters and the Intellectual Milieu in Eighteenth-Century Naples; III.2. Disorder, Discipline and Denunciation Cornel Zwierlein, ; Kateryna Dysa, Orthodox Demonology and the Perception of Witchcraft in Early Modern Ukraine; Blanka Szeghyová, Punishment in Sixteenth Century Hungarian Towns; III.3. Word and Print, Education and Literacy Zoran Velagić, Reading Aloud: Between Oral and Literate Communication; Orlin Sabev (Orhan Salih), A Virgin Deserving Paradise or a Whore Deserving Poison: Manuscript Tradition and Printed Books in Ottoman Turkish Society; Victor Karady, Education and Denominations in Transdanubia (1910); Register of Geographic Names; István György Tóth’s Bibliography, List of Contributors

490 pages
ISBN 978-963-9776-67-8 cloth $55.00 / €50.00 / £45.00