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Pain, Power, and the Martyr Ideal

Adrian Chastain Weimer

in Martyrs' Mirror

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199743117
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918744 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743117.003.0008
Pain, Power, and the Martyr Ideal

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This chapter finds parallels between the ways martyr stories informed political and religious identity in the early modern period and the early church. The folklore of martyrdom has above all been a malleable heritage, used both to defend the status quo and to bolster dissent. Identities of persecution have had significant repercussions for how religious groups have dealt with newfound political power and for encounters with religious minorities. This study of the historical imagination of martyrdom contributes to a deeper understanding of identity, tolerance, and practices of marginalization in American history.

Keywords: Pain; martyrdom; Calvinism; tolerance; historical imagination; marginalization; folklore; dissent; persecution; identity

Chapter.  4309 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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