Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Spain by Helen RawlingsChurch, Religion and Society in Early Modern Spain by Helen Rawlings

Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Spain

byHelen Rawlings

Paperback | May 30, 2002

Pricing and Purchase Info

$62.50 online 
$64.95 list price
Earn 313 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The early modern Spanish Church has long been associated with religious and racial intolerance, the brutality of the Inquisition, the repression of intellectual and spiritual freedom, and the fervour and fanaticism that underpinned Spanish imperialism.

However, behind Spain's identification with orthodoxy, regulation and discipline in religious life, there lay a contrasting image that modern historians have only recently begun to explore. Helen Rawlings argues convincingly that there is now sufficient evidence to point to the survival of multi-cultural influences in Spanish society, the extent of innovative trends in religious scholarship, the vitality of popular religious culture, the failure of aspects of ecclesiastical reform and the shortcomings of Spain's missionary enterprise overseas.

In this invaluable new study, Rawlings evaluates modern approaches to the history of the early modern Spanish Church and examines the results of new research carried out in the field. As well as challenging some of the findings of traditional scholarship, the author assesses and explores the strengths, weaknesses and contradictions inherent in Spain's identification with Catholicism.
HELEN RAWLINGS is a lecturer in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester.
Title:Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern SpainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pagesPublished:May 30, 2002Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0333636953

ISBN - 13:9780333636954

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

List of Tables and Maps
The Breakdown of Spain's Multicultural Heritage
Traditionalism and Innovation in the Spanish Church
The Reform of the Ecclesiastical State
The Church and the People
The Church in the New World
Crisis and Resilience in the Early Seventeenth-Century Spanish Church
Profiles of Church Leaders and Reformers