Cunegonde's Kidnapping Hardback

A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment

by Benjamin J. Kaplan;

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Cunegonde's Kidnapping

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In a remote village on the Dutch-German border, a young Catholic woman named Cunegonde tries to kidnap a baby to prevent it from being baptized in a Protestant church. When she is arrested, fellow Catholics stage an armed raid to free her from detention. These dramatic events of 1762 triggered a cycle of violence, starting a kind of religious war in the village and its surrounding region. Contradicting our current understanding, this war erupted at the height of the Age of Enlightenment, famous for its religious toleration. Cunegonde's Kidnapping tells in vivid detail the story of this hitherto unknown conflict. Drawing characters, scenes and dialogue straight from a body of exceptional primary sources, it is the first microhistorical study of religious conflict and toleration in early modern Europe. In it, Benjamin J. Kaplan explores the dilemmas of interfaith marriage and the special character of religious life in a borderland, where religious dissenters enjoy unique freedoms. He also challenges assumptions about the impact of Enlightenment thought and suggests that, on a popular level, some parts of eighteenth-century Europe may not have witnessed a "rise of toleration".

Cunegonde's Kidnapping by Benjamin J. Kaplan was published by Yale University Press in January 2015. The ISBN for Cunegonde's Kidnapping is 9780300187366.

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Details for Cunegonde's Kidnapping

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherYale University Press (January 2015)
Number of Pages312
Thickness29 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4294714
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