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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 April 2021

Megan C. Armstrong
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McMaster University, Ontario
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A shared biblical past has long imbued the Holy Land with special authority as well as a mythic character that has made the region not only a revered spiritual home for Muslims, Christians, and Jews but also a source of a living sacred history that continues to inform present-day realities and religious identities. This book explores the Early Modern Holy Land (1517–1700) as a critical place in which many early modern Catholics sought spiritual and political legitimacy during a period of profound and disruptive change. The Ottoman conquest of the region, the division of the Western Church, Catholic reform, the integration of the Mediterranean into global trading networks, and the emergence of new imperial rivalries transformed the Custody of the Holy Land (Custodia Terrae Sanctae), the venerable Catholic institution that had overseen Western pilgrimage since 1342, into a site of intense intra-Christian conflict by 1517. This contestation thrusts into relief the Holy Land’s importance both a frontier and sacred center of an embattled Catholic tradition, and in consequence, as a critical site of Catholic renewal and reinvention.

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Print publication year: 2021

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  • Introduction
  • Megan C. Armstrong, McMaster University, Ontario
  • Book: The Holy Land and the Early Modern Reinvention of Catholicism
  • Online publication: 30 April 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108957946.001
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  • Introduction
  • Megan C. Armstrong, McMaster University, Ontario
  • Book: The Holy Land and the Early Modern Reinvention of Catholicism
  • Online publication: 30 April 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108957946.001
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  • Introduction
  • Megan C. Armstrong, McMaster University, Ontario
  • Book: The Holy Land and the Early Modern Reinvention of Catholicism
  • Online publication: 30 April 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108957946.001
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