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Telling the faith. Preachers and masters on the outskirts of the Empire
The current research project concerns 16th-century religious history in the Alps, at the frontier between the Habsburg Empire and the Venetian Republic. By studying models of preaching and teaching, it aims to sound the reaction of religious communities to the novelties brought by the Lutheran scission. The models will be drawn from the experience of the first Jesuits who were zealous preachers and teachers in the area, though other members of the regular and secular clergy will also be included.
Some of the remoter areas will be examined (countryside and mountains) in search of material on which to reconstruct religious history at a time of epoch-making transition. The expectation is that the outskirts of society may yield clues that often escape researchers into town life.