Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Title paper: The Reformation of Time



Across medieval Europe church bells had marked Christian time: the Divine Office, the Mass, the consecration and elevation of the host, the processions of Corpus Christi.  Evangelicals did not always silence the bells – though bells were targets of iconoclasm in some places – but they eliminated many of the practices for which bells had been rung.  So, too, Evangelicals eliminated the Sanctoral and the Marian cycles of liturgy; Reformed Churches eliminated all liturgical divisions of time but one, Sunday.  This lecture will explore the changing relationship between practices and sound set in motion by the Reformation and their import for all Europeans’ experience of time.



Professor PhD, Lee Palmer Wandel, History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research area: Early modern Christianity; texts, objects, practices and identities in the early modern world

Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion. (Leiden: Brill, 2016)

The Eucharist in the Reformation: Incarnation and Liturgy. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)



Plenary speakers Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference 2020

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