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Spiritual Kinship in Europe, 1500–1900

  • Guido Alfani
  • Vincent Gourdon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Spiritual kinship and godparenthood: an introduction

    1. Guido Alfani, Vincent Gourdon
      Pages 1-43
  3. The Early Modern times

  4. Godparenthood from the early eighteenth century to the Age of Industrialisation

  5. Reformed godparenthood

  6. Eastern Europe and Europeans abroad

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 292-324

About this book


The authors in this volume analyze spiritual kinship in Europe from the end of the Middle Ages to the Industrial Age. Uniquely comparing Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox views and practices, the chapters look at changes in theological thought over time as well as in social customs related to spiritual kinship, including godparenthood.


early modern period eighteenth century Europe France Martin Luther Middle Ages Protest reform Russia

Editors and affiliations

  • Guido Alfani
    • 1
  • Vincent Gourdon
    • 2
  1. 1.Economic HistoryBocconi UniversityMilanItaly
  2. 2.Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueParisFrance

About the editors

ETIENNE COURIOLE University of Lyons3 (LAHRA) and University of Toulouse2 (FRAMESPA), Lyons and Toulouse, France TOM ERICSSON Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden ANNICK FOUCRIER University of Paris-I, Paris, France SANDRO GUZZI University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland ANTONIO IRIGOYEN University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain CRISTINA MUNNO Venice University, Venice, Italy MARIANNA MURAVYEVA Herzen State Padagogical University, St Petersburg, Russia KARI-MATTI PIILAHTI University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

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