Earth and Ore: Materializing Transalpine Relations on the Eve of the Reformation

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Abstract

In 1519, earth from the Campo Santo Teutonico next to St Peter’s in Rome was spread over the extra-mural cemetery in the Saxon town of Annaberg. This article asks how the reception of the soil was shaped by the local community and landscape at a time of religious change. It demonstrates the potential for both positive and negative views, arguing that these were informed not only by traditional religiosity and reform ideas, but also by the distinctive visual and material culture of a silver mining community. In this way, it offers new perspectives on the transalpine connections of the Campo Santo; the role of the substance of the landscape in creating and criticising links with the Roman Church at the start of the Reformation; and the relationship between materialities of religion and the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333–369
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024

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