Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege After the Reformation


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In post-Reformation Poland--the largest state in Europe and home to the largest Jewish population in the world--the Catholic Church suffered profound anxiety about its power after the Protestant threat. Magda Teter reveals how criminal law became a key tool in the manipulation of the meaning of the sacred and in the effort to legitimize Church authority. The mishandling of sacred symbols was transformed from a sin that could be absolved into a crime that resulted in harsh sentences of mutilation, hanging, decapitation, and, ...

Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege after the Reformation 2011, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

ISBN-13: 9780674052970