The Boys of the Archangel Raphael Paperback

A Youth Confraternity in Florence, 1411-1785

by Konrad Eisenbichler;

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The Boys of the Archangel Raphael

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Confraternities and their contribution to the fabric of society have become invisible history for us today. Although their activities began in the Renaissance and continued until the end of the Enlightenment, confraternities have not yet found a place in the standard histories of the period, or even in the histories of religion or of the Church. With "The Boys of the Archangel Raphael," Konrad Eisenbichler brings to light the daily life and history of one such organization from its founding in 1411 to its final suppression in 1785. While focusing on the Compagnia dell'Arcangelo Raffaello, the first confraternity to be established in Florence, the author also discusses other, similar organizations. By constantly comparing developments across several confraternities, the book provides us with insight into the entire phenomenon of premodern lay religious associations for youths. The study is firmly grounded on archival and contemporary documents, and covers a variety of fields of interest: social history, church history, the history of childhood, and the history of art, literature, and music. "The Boys of the Archangel Raphael" will be the authoritative work on youth confraternities for years to come. Winner of the Howard R. Marraro Prize of the American Catholic Historical Association.

The Boys of the Archangel Raphael by Konrad Eisenbichler was published by University of Toronto Press in May 1998. The ISBN for The Boys of the Archangel Raphael is 9781442613034.

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Details for The Boys of the Archangel Raphael

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press (May 1998)
Number of Pages496
Thickness25 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4319450
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