Larger Historical Contexts

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Larger Historical Contexts Reformation unleashed violent religious wars: “religion for the sake of politics” o Many people were forced to abandon Catholicism; many others had to become Protestant Thomas Platter, as example of the omnipresence of plague threat in the 1500s o His life story shows how much plague and pestilence were a part of the background threats for even rural people of this era o His life story also shows how the “Italian system” of plague control was not a part of life north of the Alps Protestant Christianity o After Luther, many versions of Protestantism o Daily life and practices changed for Protestants, and the changes relate to how one would manage death and the fear of death during plague times o For Protestants, salvation (physical and spiritual) depends on the
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Unformatted text preview: individual, thus in plague times • little emphasis on civic institutions (such as health departments, public hospitals) • No collective activities, like processions, devotion to saints • Everyone needs to attend his or her own salvation, and $$ + doing good not enough What else about plague management changes for Protestants? No saints, no processions, no outdoor “theater” of plague controls Birth, marriage, death recorded, even in plagues o The record-keeping and management takes place at the individual (parish) church level o Each parish church responsible for its community of the faithful (not government) Protestants resist full Italian-style plague management One of the earliest danse macabre images of a printer's shop, [Lyon, 1499]...
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