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Martyrs' MirrorPersecution and Holiness in Early New England$
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Adrian Chastain Weimer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743117.001.0001

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Pain, Power, and the Martyr Ideal

Pain, Power, and the Martyr Ideal

(p.143) Conclusion: Pain, Power, and the Martyr Ideal
Martyrs' Mirror

Adrian Chastain Weimer

Oxford University Press

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

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