Empires of God

Focusing on the formative period of European exploration, settlement, and conquest in the Americas, from roughly 1500 to 1760, Empires of God brings together literary scholars and historians of the English, French, and Spanish Americas to demonstrate the power of religious ideas and narratives to create kingdoms both imagined and real.

Empires of God
Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic

Linda Gregerson and Susan Juster, Editors

2010 | 344 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $27.50
American History | Religion
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Table of Contents

Introduction
—Susan Juster and Linda Gregerson

PART I. LAUNCHING IMPERIAL PROJECTS
Chapter 1. The Polemics of Possession: Spain on America, Circa 1550
—Rolena Adorno
Chapter 2. Cruelty and Religious Justifications for Conquest in the Mid-Seventeenth-Century English Atlantic
—Carla Gardina Pestana
Chapter 3. Religion and National Distinction in the Early Modern Atlantic
—Barbara Fuchs
Chapter 4. The Commonwealth of the Word: New England, Old England, and the Praying Indians
—Linda Gregerson

PART II. COLONIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
Chapter 5. Catholic Saints in Spain's Atlantic Empire
—Cornelius Conover
Chapter 6. A Wandering Jesuit in Europe and America: Father Chaumonot Finds a Home
—Allan Greer
Chapter 7. From London to Nonantum: Mission Literature in the Transatlantic English World
—Kristina Bross
Chapter 8. Dreams Clash: The War over Authorized Interpretation in Seventeenth-Century French Missions
—Dominique Deslandres
Chapter 9. "For Each and Every House to Wish for Peace":
Christoph Saur's High German American Almanac and the French and Indian War in Pennsylvania
—Bethany Wiggin

PART III. VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS
Chapter 10. Reconfiguring Martyrdom in the Colonial Context: Marie de l'Incarnation
—Katherine Ibbett
Chapter 11. Book of Suffering, Suffering Book: The Mennonite Martyrs' Mirror and the Translation of Martyrdom in Colonial America
—Patrick Erben
Chapter 12. Iconoclasm Without Icons? The Destruction of Sacred Objects in Colonial North America
—Susan Juster
Final Reflections: Spenser and the End of the British Empire
—Paul Stevens

Notes
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments