More than a change in political, religious, and social structures, the early Reformation signaled a profound shift in the perception of reality. Matheson's lucid study draws on sermons, pamphlets, letters, paintings, and woodcuts to reveal the spiritual vitality of the era and the revolutionary power that transformed ordinary people's lives. 153 pages, softcover from Fortress.
In this small gem of Reformation research, Peter Matheson offers a rich view of the Reformation as it appeared in pamphlets and sermons, woodcuts and paintings, poetry and song, correspondence and the contours of daily life.The popular media he explores evince the Reformation's novel use of images and metaphors, its deep effects on personal and family life and spirituality, heightened civic engagement, great utopian dreams and experiments, as well as its nightmarish excesses.
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