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Introduction To Part II

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An anthropological analysis of acts of aggression recorded in ecclesiastical and secular court rolls as well as in a few surviving letters can unearth the depth and breadth of parishioners' praxis. This introductory chapter presents an overview of second part of this book, which reveals how the ideals and teachings fostered by parish life and religious media influenced the attitudes of parishioners toward the use of violence as a legitimate means of conflict-resolution. It examines how parishioners' conception of sacred space, the mass, religious observance, peacemaking, and dispute reveal their internalization and negotiation of their faith's teachings with the demands of interpersonal conflict. In terms of geography, chronology and court system, the author has cast the net widely in order to find as many examples as possible of parishioners' convictions about the relationship between violence and their faith.

Keywords: ecclesiastical court; parishioners' praxis; violence



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