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date: 18 June 2019

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Though the Reformation has long been understood as iconoclastic and even iconophobic, recent scholarship has done much to recover a rich visual culture surrounding Protestant worship. Across social and confessional divides and with substantial local variations, the stories of the Bible became a normative part of the visual experience of northern European householders, on painted glass, woodwork, textiles, plasterwork, and ceramics. Biblical stories and scenes became the basis of a common ethical education, providing a fund of exemplary figures from whom men, women, and children might learn the paths of righteous living. This chapter investigates the attitudes of European reformers and educationalists to the promulgation of images, and charts the rich variety of domestic forms in which biblical texts were encountered, particularly in early modern England.

Keywords: domestic religion, Reformation, education, material culture, visual culture, dissemination, reception

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