Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism

Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism

c.£34.99

  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421218

c.£ 34.99
Hardback

Pre-order Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Spanish and Portuguese monarchs launched global campaigns for territory and trade. This process spurred two efforts that reshaped the world: missions to spread Christianity to the four corners of the globe, and the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. These efforts joined in unexpected ways to give rise to black saints. Erin Kathleen Rowe presents the untold story of how black saints - and the slaves who venerated them - transformed the early modern church. By exploring race, the Atlantic slave trade, and global Christianity, she provides new ways of thinking about blackness, holiness, and cultural authority. Rowe transforms our understanding of global devotional patterns and their effects on early modern societies by looking at previously unstudied sculptures and paintings of black saints, examining the impact of black lay communities, and analysing controversies unfolding in the church about race, moral potential, enslavement, and salvation.

    • Uses a multifaceted approach to understand the relationship between ideas about race and salvation
    • Questions commonplace images of the Catholic Church as a 'top-down' institution, showing that even the lowest status members could influence it
    • Presents photos of dozens of black saints in sacred art and features more than seventy colour plates
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Black Saints in Early Modern Catholicism shifts our framings but also the optics for conceiving of early-modern black religiosity. An impressive project that conceptually and methodologically engages Black Catholicism in a refreshing manner. A deeply rewarding study for readers of early-modern Europe and Latin America's past.' Herman L. Bennett, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

    'Black Saints is the first full-length study of this neglected phenomenon; it is a major contribution to the study of global Christianity in the early modern centuries.' R. Po-chia Hsia, Pennsylvania State University

    'This exciting new book sheds new light upon the intersections of early modern ideas about race with Catholic belief and practice. Drawing upon extensive archival research and an extraordinary collection of heretofore unstudied images, Rowe uncovers the central role of Afro-Iberians in shaping Catholic devotional culture around the globe.' A. Katie Stirling-Harris, University of California, Davis

    'After a quest which has taken her (and her photographer father) from Palermo to Peru, via Portugal and Spain, Erin Kathleen Rowe has written and richly illustrated a book that will become essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand how sacred blackness was constructed and circulated in a Transatlantic world.' Simon Ditchfield, University of York

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421218
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 79 colour illus. 7 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Note on terminology
    Introduction
    Part I. Devotion:
    1. The emergence of black saints
    2. Salvation, black confraternities, and saints in global Catholicism
    3. 'Black like me': community formation and white backlash
    Part II. Illumination:
    4. Beautiful blackness: representing black saints in Baroque sculpture
    5. Brilliant blackness: hagiography and metaphors of light
    6. The practice of humility and spiritual authority in the lives of black women
    Afterlife
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Erin Kathleen Rowe, The Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
    Erin Kathleen Rowe is Associate Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. She is the author of Saint and Nation: Santiago, Teresa of Avila, and Plural Identities in Early Modern Spain (2011), and co-author of the edited volume The Early Modern Hispanic World: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches (Cambridge, 2017).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×