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    Religion and popular rebellion, from the Capuciati to Niklashausen

    Arnold, John H. (2009) Religion and popular rebellion, from the Capuciati to Niklashausen. Cultural and Social History 6 (2), pp. 149-169. ISSN 1478-0038.

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    The historiography of pre-modern popular uprisings tends to ascribe a religiose 'naïveté' to earlier revolts, placing religion as innately antithetical to popular politics. This article challenges that opposition, and argues that whilst (as Sam Cohn has recently demonstrated) medieval revolts were not by any means all 'religious' in outlook, leadership or inspiration, those which did involve religious elements can be read more sympathetically and with greater nuance. Focusing particularly on structural similarities between the Drummer of Niklashausen (1476) and the Capuciati (1183), the article argues that longue durée forms of revolt persist, driven by a plebeian reappropriation of certain elements in orthodox religion.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Popular rebellion, medieval religion, Capuciati, memory, drummer of Niklashausen
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 10:02
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:53


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