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A Paradise Inhabited By Devils: The Jesuits Civilizing Mission In Early Modern Naples Jennifer D. Selwyn

A Paradise Inhabited By Devils: The Jesuits Civilizing Mission In Early Modern Naples

Jennifer D. Selwyn

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ISBN : 9788870413571
Hardcover
278 pages
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Taking as its focus the city of Naples, this study illuminates how the Jesuits work in a Catholic European setting reflected their broader global civilizing mission. Despite its Catholic heritage, Naples was popularly perceived as a place ofMoreTaking as its focus the city of Naples, this study illuminates how the Jesuits work in a Catholic European setting reflected their broader global civilizing mission. Despite its Catholic heritage, Naples was popularly perceived as a place of spiritual and social disorder, thus providing an irresistible challenge to religious reformers, such as the Jesuits, who sought to civilize the city. Drawing in considerable numbers of the order, Naples proved to be a training ground for the Jesuits that shaped the orders missionary praxis and influenced the thinking of many who would later travel further afield. By gaining a fuller understanding of this process, it is possible to better understand what drove the Jesuits to craft and perpetuate a cultural map that continues to resonate down to our own times.