Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Spain

Paperback | July 19, 2002

byHelen Rawlings

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This book sets out to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of Spain's Catholic identity in the early modern period. Traditionally the Spanish Church has been seen as a major bastion of orthodoxy and intolerance. Modern historians now see the Church as a much more complex and diverse institution in which tolerance and conservatism coexisted. The text provides evidence of the survival of multi-culturalism in Spanish society, the extent of innovative trends in religious scholarship, the partial nature of ecclesiastical reform, the vitality of popular religious culture and the shortcomings of the missionary enterprise overseas.

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This book sets out to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of Spain's Catholic identity in the early modern period. Traditionally the Spanish Church has been seen as a major bastion of orthodoxy and intolerance. Modern historians now see the Church as a much more complex and diverse institution in which tolerance and conserva...

Helen Rawlings is a lecturer in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.9 × 4.92 × 0.46 inPublished:July 19, 2002Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333636953

ISBN - 13:9780333636954

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Table of Contents

Introduction * 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 * Conclusion * Profiles of Church Leaders and Reformers