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The Mystery of the RosaryMarian Devotion and the Reinvention of Catholicism$
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Nathan D. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795910

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795910.001.0001

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Reframing Reform

Reframing Reform

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The Mystery of the Rosary

Nathan D. Mitchell

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on transition that began to unfold after the Council of Trent (1545–63), during an epoch commonly called the “Counter-Reformation” or “Catholic Reformation.” It shows how the rosary and Marian piety became emblematic of an innovative, renascent Catholicism, especially in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries; how the image of Mary and the rosary began to be reinterpreted in the early baroque era; how the rosary's post-Tridentine evolution was directly connected to both liturgical and devotional customs; how Marian devotion survived and flourished even (or especially) in circumstances where the public practice of Catholicism was prohibited; and how and why the rosary has continued to play a vital role in the lives of modern and postmodern Catholics.

Keywords:   rosary, Catholics, Catholicism, Marian devotion, Virgin Mary, piety

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