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The Catholic Circle Between Counter-Reformation And "Christian Civilization"

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In a Jewish context, Pinhas Monselice's work was exceptional in its focus on practical advice about family life and particularly its sexual aspects. The problematic distinction between "secular" and "religious" advice literature in Italy is worth noting, since elements from the contemporary religious discourse permeate literature by and for lay people and vice-versa - literature written by leading Counter-Reformation figures includes many references to "secular" life and needs. Misogynous literature, which was published from the end of the Renaissance and during the early modern period, found an additional channel of expression in the advice genre. Advice literature in sixteenth and seventeenth century Italy, in its various genres, is a growing literary and cultural-social phenomenon of considerable scope and significance. The Catholic Church cooperated with secular political institutions in Italy and in Catholic Europe in the closer supervision of marriage and marriage rituals.

Keywords: advice literature; Catholic Church; Counter-Reformation; seventeenth century Italy



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