Marie Lezowski and Yann Lignereux are publishing this collective history book on the theme of conflicts in which Christian objects are the argument and the target in the modern era.
Reference: Livre collectif – Matière à discorde. Christian objects in modern conflicts, textes réunis par Marie Lezowski et Yann Lignereux, Rennes, PUR, collection ” Histoire “, juillet 2021.
This books seeks to elucidate the great reversal of Christian cult objects in Ancient Regime societies. How did the Host, the statue and the rosary trigger so much violence ? Does the “idols” destruction mark the storming entrance into our modernity ? How to finally understand that Christian objects, as a sign of identity, also blurred the boundaries between religious groups and encourage in-between experiences ?
By shedding light on Christian objects through their tormented history, the investigation returned to the study of destructions, their scope and their legendary amplification. In the second part, secularization is discussed by the multiple persitences of forbidden objects. Long-distance circulation, the third part of the study, is because of both the mass shipments of Catholic propaganda and the treasures of exiles. Finally, the book examines the shared objects that cross the limits of confessions, or even the ones of religions.
Table of contents
Marie Lezowski, Introduction. The discord of Christian objects and modern change
First part. Destructed objets. Actions, controversies and legends
- Nathalie Szczech, A pastoral iconoclasm. Guillaume Farel’s network of preachers in Switzerland in the 1530s
- Nicolas Balzamo, The benefits of iconoclasm. Destructions of pictures and cultural phenomenons.
- Didier Boisson, The cross, object of denominational confrontation and controversy. France, XVIIth-early XVIIIth century
- Marie Lezowski, Sacrilegious theft and settling of scores between neighbors. Siena, 1730
Part two. Persistent objects. Replacements, continuity and resistance
- Ralph Dekoninck and Pierre Antoine Fabre, From defeated image to perfect image: Louis Richeome at the sanctuary of Notre-Dame des Ardilliers
- Suzanne Lachenicht, Objects of “superstition” in North German Lutheran churches
- Eric Durot, Catholic devotional objects in reformed England and Scotland (c. 1560-c. 1650)
- Margreet Dieleman, Baptismal objects in French Reformed churches under the test of the Revocation
Part three: Remote objects, between propaganda and diasporas
- Anne Lepoittevin, Reconnoistre par l’Agnus Dei qui sont les catholiques. Portable Roman iconography in Europe during the Wars of Religion
- Éric Roulet, Offending God and his servants. The sacrileges of rebellious Indians in XVIth-century northern Mexico
- Bruno Pomara, When objects of faith form the basis of the reputation. Moriscos between Spain and Italy
- Cesare Santus, Mass wine in question. Controversies and experiences at the Holy Office
Part four : Shared objects
- Frédéric Cousinié, “An invention for pleasure” : devotional objects from the mendicant orders in the XVIIth century
- Claire Moutengou Barats, The future of the Church property in Lausanne in the aftermath of the Reformation
- Caroline Callard, The battle of the incorrupt bodies. Hosts and the undead in the islands of the Levant
- Nicolas Richard, A cyclic history. Destructions, replacements and reemployment of christian objects in modern Bohemia
Marie Lezowski, Conclusion