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Fromme Bruderschaften der Olmützer Diözese in der Frühen Neuzeit

Title in English Pious confraternities of the dioecesis of Olomouc in early modern period

MAŇAS Vladimír

Year of publication 2013
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Religious confraternities represent an almost unknown concept at the present time. In the past, however, they formed an essential part of Christian culture from Medieval Times up to the Enlightenment. The English historian John Bossy called them the social miracle. This exhibition and the catalogue draw upon the only recently commenced research into this phenomenon and its influential role in the development of Early Modern European culture. It is an attempt at reconstructing the vanished world of religious confraternities in Moravia in the 17th and 18th centuries. The dissolution of these communities due to Josephine reforms resulted in the confiscation of the material property of the confraternities, which can today be perceived as objects d’art, as well as the extinction of the autonomous and nearly omnipresent community of believers.
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