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Cruci erunt eum inter duos latrones

Passion et mort de Louis XVI

Annie Duprat

Cet article se propose de faire un retour sur l'hypothèse des sept morts de Louis XVI formulée par Claude Langlois en 1993. Examinant la polémique menée, par les textes et les images, par les royalistes eux-mêmes, il démontre la force des références anglaises, d'une part, catholiques, d'autre part, dans l'inspiration de leurs auteurs. Le récit dramatisé des faits qui se sont déroulés à Versailles les 5 et 6 octobre 1789 contribue à nourrir l'imaginaire de la violence. Enfin, l'analyse fine de la caricature Grand combat à mort (1792) permet de saisir le rôle du bestiaire dans une caricature politique. De ce livre ressort une nouvelle image de Louis XVI: il est devenu un Christ des temps modernes, souffrant une Passion pour le salut de la France.

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Inaudito exemplo

The Abduction of Romsey’s Abbess

Linda D. Brown

When Marie, the daughter of England’s King Stephen and Queen Matilda of Boulogne, was oblated to God as a child, she became Christ’s bride. Her new religious status as sanctimonialis veiled her with a nominal protection against sexual and marital

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Frans Ciappara

, “real saints must be good, stout sinners … They are saints not because they are without sin or have become saintly through works … but … through the Lord Christ.” 15 In response to this onslaught, the Council of Trent proclaimed that no relics were to be

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A Political Theology of the Empty Tomb

Christianity and the Return of the Sacred

Roberto Farneti

This article argues a case against the theory of the sacred put forward by the French anthropologist René Girard. In particular, Girard seems to have obliterated one of the tenets of Christian theology, namely, the doctrine of Christ's ascension, in accord with his critical reading of Paul's letter to the Hebrews, which contains a rare emphasis on Christ's departure from the world. This article adopts a 'neo-Hobbesian' perspective in understanding the return of the sacred and fosters a 'political theology of the empty tomb', where the doctrine of Christ's ascension is called upon to again play a major theological role as a workable antidote to the contemporary resurgence of the sacred.

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Prophesying Daughters

Testimony, Censorship, and Literacy among Early Quaker Women

Judith Rose

In the tumultuous 1640’s amid the barely controlled chaos of the Interregnum, George Fox, the spiritually inclined son of an Leicestershire weaver, wandered up and down the local countryside in search of revelation, disputing with local ministers, debating theology with anyone who would speak with him. Years later, in his autobiographical Journal, Fox described the pivotal moment of his awakening: But as I had forsaken all the priests, so I left the separate preachers also… for I saw there was none among them all that could speak to my condition. And when all my hopes in them and in all men were gone, so that I had nothing outwardly to help me, nor could tell what to do, then, Oh, then, I heard a voice which said, ‘There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition’, and when I heard it, my heart did leap for joy.

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Introduction

Angels and Demons

Andrew King

This special issue of Critical Survey stems from a conference at Canterbury Christ Church University in June 2010 that was intended to explore continuities and ruptures in the representation and deployment of angels and demons and related binaries, be they in nineteenth-century print media or seventeenth-century Protestant texts, twenty-first century bestsellers or company PR strategies. From the first it was decided that discussion should not be limited to actual angels and demons, but the more general binaries of good and evil, lucid self and obscure Other. Considerations of the generic processes of demonisation and its opposite were also welcome, as were attempts to think outside such binaries (insofar as such is possible). Was it the case that the undoing of binaries, vital to Cixous’ feminist enterprise and deconstruction generally, was salient today for the various politics of gender, sexuality, ‘race’, class, disability, and place, or had such deconstruction been so co-opted by conservative commercial culture (as was always possible according to Christopher Norris) that alternative strategies were necessary? All these ways of thinking about angels and demons are represented in the essays that follow.

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The Pardoner’s Passing and How It Matters

Gender, Relics and Speech Acts

Alex da Costa

Lordes body they totere Hem thoughte that Jewes rente hym noght ynough. (ll. 472–475) It was a commonplace of medieval sermons that swearing by ‘Goddes precious herte … his nales … the blood of Crist … Goddes armes’ (ll. 651–654) renewed Christ’s wounds

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In Memoriam

John Urry, 1946–2016

Bob Jessop

, and John was the driving force behind our colleagues’ interest in these matters. John Urry was born on 1 June 1946. He was a student at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and then went to Cambridge University to study economics and politics at Christ’s

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Barry Windeatt

weeping edify us’. 6 The Pseudo-Origen’s whole focus is to meditate on the ironies of tears which are sincerely heartfelt – but uncomprehending and misdirected – in the weeping Magdalene’s encounter with the angels at the tomb and with the risen Christ

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A.D. Harvey

before Christ, and modern pocket combs are very similar to ivory combs excavated at the site of the tenth-century Viking settlement at York. Even in the present era of runaway change many of the items we associate with up-to-dateness are far from new. The