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Open Access 13 Holy Writ and Lay Readers in Late Medieval Europe: Translation and Participation

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13 Holy Writ and Lay Readers in Late Medieval Europe: Translation and Participation

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The late medieval and early modern cultural transformation has been a much debated topic in European research agenda over the last decades. This chapter focuses on didactic and moralizing literature, in which themes strictly related to the life and activities of lay readers are discussed. The chapter discusses the relations between individuals and groups in the late medieval and early modern urban environment, in particular professional ethics, and family relations. The specific question of the emancipation of the laity, through active readership of religious literature in the vernacular, and in particular the active role of lay people in the transmission and in the production of religious knowledge is still an underestimated subject in medieval research, in spite of the growing interest in the study of religion as cultural manifestation and the significant advances in the study of late medieval religious movements.

Keywords: early modern cultural transformation; European research; family relations; religious literature



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