Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200–1920

Family, State and Church

  • Merridee L. Bailey
  • Katie Barclay

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions book series (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Merridee L. Bailey, Katie Barclay
    Pages 1-20
  3. Familial and Personal Rituals: Local and Community Networks

  4. Civic and Nation-Building: Power Created, Power Reinforced

  5. Religious Rituals: Relationships with the Divine and the Political

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 305-320

About this book


This volume spans the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries, across Europe and its empires, and brings together historians, art historians, literary scholars and anthropologists to rethink medieval and early modern ritual. The study of rituals, when it is alert to the emotions which are woven into and through ritual activities, presents an opportunity to explore profoundly important questions about people’s relationships with others, their relationships with the divine, with power dynamics and importantly, with their concept of their own identity. Each chapter in this volume showcases the different approaches, theories and methodologies that can be used to explore emotions in historical rituals, but they all share the goal of answering the question of how emotions act within ritual to inform balances of power in its many and varied forms. 


History of Emotions Religious history Ritualism European History Miracles

Editors and affiliations

  • Merridee L. Bailey
    • 1
  • Katie Barclay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of History and PoliticsThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.School of History and PoliticsThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44184-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44185-6
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