This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book addresses the following question: How does one account for the rosary's ubiquity, durability, and resilience? The book does not reconsider the medieval origins of the rosary, but begins in earnest with the enhanced status and popularity of the rosary among Roman Catholics, particularly after the Christian military victory over Ottoman forces at Lepanto, off western Greece, in 1571. It argues that the rosary survived and flourished because it was able to absorb the reframings of reform, representation, ritual, religious identity, and devotion that came to characterize early modern Catholicism and that have continued to shape Catholic piety and practice to the present day.
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