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Chapter 4 - The Dead

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Andrew Wallace
Affiliation:
Carleton University, Ottawa
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This chapter asks where and how Rome (and, by extension, polemics self-consciously characterized as reactions against Rome) figures in efforts to determine what the living owe to the dead, and what the dead can do for the living. Latin occupies a controlling position within this inquiry; so, too, do texts that cast the world of the living as the home of the dead; so, finally, do Reformation-era debates about the soteriological stakes of praying for the dead. These topics span a period of time in which Rome is the gravitational centre of a sequence of massive upheavals in vernacular piety and attendant debates about the relationship between the living and the dead. The chapter argues that interpreting these debates as facets of the fact of Rome alerts us to the role that the human voice plays in probing the limits of mortality and the nature of the human as such.

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The Presence of Rome in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
Texts, Artefacts and Beliefs
, pp. 172 - 218
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Dead
  • Andrew Wallace, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Book: The Presence of Rome in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108866071.006
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  • The Dead
  • Andrew Wallace, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Book: The Presence of Rome in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108866071.006
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  • The Dead
  • Andrew Wallace, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Book: The Presence of Rome in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108866071.006
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