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Watt, Jeffrey R. (Jeffrey Rodgers) 1958-

Overview
Works: 53 works in 160 publications in 5 languages and 3,484 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Sources  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, htt
Classifications: HQ653, 306.810949438
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Most widely held works by Jeffrey R Watt
The Consistory and social discipline in Calvin's Geneva by Jeffrey R Watt( )

8 editions published in 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Created by John Calvin, the Consistory of Geneva was a quasi-tribunal entrusted with enforcing Reformed morality. Comprised of pastors and elders, this body met weekly and summoned people for a wide range of 'sinful' behavior, such as drunkenness, dancing, blasphemy, or simply quarrels, and was a far more intrusive institution than the Catholic Inquisition. Among the thousands summoned during Calvin's ministry were a pair of women who were allegedly prophets, boys who skipped catechism to practice martial arts, and a good number of people begging for forgiveness for having renounced Protestantism out of fear of death. This superbly researched book, reflecting author Jeffrey Watt's career-long involvement in the ongoing project of transcribing, editing, and publishing the Consistory records, is the first comprehensive examination of this morals court and provides a window into the reception of the Reformation in the so-called Protestant Rome. Watt examines the role of the Consistory in upholding patriarchy, showing that while Genevan authorities did not have a double standard in prosecuting illicit sexuality, the Consistory exhorted women to obey even violently abusive husbands. He finds also that Calvin and his colleagues vigorously promoted a strong work ethic by censuring people, mostly men, for laziness, and showed a surprising degree of skepticism toward accusations of witchcraft. Finally, Watt demonstrates convincingly that, while the Consistory encountered some resistance, Genevans by and large shared the ideals it promoted and that it enjoyed considerable success in fostering discipline in Genevan society"--Publisher's description
From sin to insanity : suicide in early modern Europe by Jeffrey R Watt( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the broadest treatment yet of suicide in Europe during the period 1500-1800, eleven authors combine elements of social, cultural, legal, and intellectual history to trace important changes in the ways Europeans experienced and understood voluntary death. Well into the seventeenth century, Europeans viewed suicide as a terrible crime and an unforgivable sin resulting from demonic temptation. By the late eighteenth century, however, suicide was rarely subject to judicial penalties, and society tended to blame self-inflicted death on insanity rather than on the devil." "From Sin to Insanity shows that early modern Europe witnessed nothing less than the birth of modern suicide: increasing in frequency, self-inflicted death became decriminalized, secularized, and medicalized, viewed as a regrettable but not shameful result of reversals in fortune or physical or mental infirmity. The ten chapters focus on suicide cases and attitudes toward self-murder from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries in geographical settings as diverse as Scandinavia and Hungary, France and Germany, England and Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands."--Jacket
The scourge of demons : possession, lust, and witchcraft in a seventeenth-century Italian convent by Jeffrey R Watt( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1636, residents at the convent of Santa Chiara in Carpi in northern Italy were struck by an extraordinary illness that provoked bizarre behavior. Eventually numbering fourteen, the afflicted nuns were subject to screaming fits, throwing themselves on the floor, and falling abruptly into a deep sleep. When medical experts' cures proved ineffective, exorcists ministered to the women and concluded that they were possessed by demons and the victims of witchcraft. Catering to women from elite families, the nunnery suffered much turmoil for three years and, remarkably, three of the victims died from their ills. A maverick nun and a former confessor were widely suspected to be responsible, through witchcraft, for these woes." "Based primarily on the exhaustive investigation by the Inquisition of Modena, The Scourge of Demons examines this case in its historical context. The travails of Santa Chiara occurred at a time when Europe witnessed peaks in both witch-hunting and in the numbers of people reputedly possessed by demons. Female religious figures appeared particularly prone to demonic attacks, and Counter-Reformation Church authorities were especially interested in imposing stricter discipline on convents. Watt carefully considers how the nuns of Santa Chiara understood and experienced alleged possession and witchcraft, concluding that Santa Chiara's diabolical troubles and their denouement - involving the actions of nuns, confessors, inquisitorial authorities, and exorcists - were profoundly shaped by the unique confluence of religious, cultural, judicial, and intellectual trends that flourished in the 1630s."--BOOK JACKET
Choosing death : suicide and Calvinism in early modern Geneva by Jeffrey R Watt( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2021 in English and Spanish and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this case study of the Republic of Geneva, Jeffrey R. Watt convincingly argues the early modern era marked decisive change in the history of suicide. His analysis of criminal proceedings and death records shows that magistrates of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries often imposed penalties against the bodies and estates of those who took their lives. According to beliefs shared by theologian John Calvin, magistrates, and common folk, self-murder was caused by demon possession. Similar views and practices were found among both Protestants and Catholics throughout Reformation Europe. By contrast, in the late eighteenth century many philosophies defended the right to take one's life under certain circumstances; Geneva's magistrates in effect decriminalized suicide; and even commoners blamed suicide on mental illness or personal reversals, not on satanic influences.Watt uses Geneva's uniquely rich and well-organized sources in this first study to provide reliable evidence on suicide rates for premodern Europe. He places his findings within a wide range of historical and sociological scholarship, and while suicide was rare through the seventeenth century, he shows that Geneva experienced an explosion in self-inflicted deaths after 1750. Quite simply, early modern Geneva witnessed nothing less than the birth of modern suicide both in attitudes toward it--thoroughly secularized, medicalized, and stripped of diabolical undertones--and the frequency of it
The making of modern marriage : matrimonial control and the rise of sentiment in Neuchâtel, 1550-1800 by Jeffrey R Watt( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the time of Calvin by Robert M Kingdon( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long Reformation by Jeffrey R Watt( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin by Consistoyre( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in French and French, Middle and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève : au temps de Calvin( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in French and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in French and French, Middle and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin by Eglise nationale protestante de Genève( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in French and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin by Eglise nationale protestante de Genève( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in French and French, Middle and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The consistory and social discipline in Calvin's Geneva by Jeffrey R Watt( Book )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin by Consistoyre( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in French, Middle and French and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in French and French, Middle and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin by Isabella M Watt( Book )

3 editions published in 2020 in French and French, Middle and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in French and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matrimonial disputes in early modern Neuchatel : 1547-1806 by Jeffrey R Watt( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suicide in Reformation Geneva by Jeffrey R Watt( )

2 editions published in 1998 in French and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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From sin to insanity : suicide in early modern Europe
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The scourge of demons : possession, lust, and witchcraft in a seventeenth-century Italian conventChoosing death : suicide and Calvinism in early modern GenevaRegisters of the Consistory of Geneva in the time of CalvinThe long Reformation
Alternative Names
Rodgers-Watt, Jeffrey 1958-

Rodgers-Watts, Jeffrey 1958-

Watt, Jeffrey Rodgers 1958-

Watts, Jeffrey R. 1958-

Watts, Jeffrey Rodgers 1958-

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