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After LivesA Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory$
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John Casey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195092950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.001.0001

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Celestial Pleasures: Renaissance and Reformation Heavens

Celestial Pleasures: Renaissance and Reformation Heavens

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(p.293) 13 Celestial Pleasures: Renaissance and Reformation Heavens
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After Lives
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John Casey (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0014

The contemplative heaven of Dante soon gave way to heavens that allowed a greater variety of human and sensuous pleasures. Voyagers tried to rediscover the earthly paradise. The chapter examines the humanist heaven of the Renaissance humanist, Lorenzo Valla, which vigorously insists on the need for individual, human delights, and the intellectual heavenly pleasures of Erasmus. Luther's earthy, if philosophically unsophisticated, vision of the next life is evoked, as is the attempt by St. Francis de Sales to charm his readers into heaven.

Keywords:   sensuous pleasures, humanist heaven, earthly paradise, Lorenzo Valla, Erasmus, Luther, Francis de Sales

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