The essay examines how the Reformation and Genevan revolt against its ruling bishop and the Duke of Savoy 'created' a city-state which had not previously existed. Not only did this mean the secularisation of church lands, buildings and assets but it also effectively created the physical confines of the the new Republic. Geneva's non-urban holdings were the nationalised properties of the bishop and the cathedral canons. The wealth from these lands became the financial underpinings of the city's extensive social welfare/poor relief system. Thus, the Reformation and Revolution not only turned obvious ecclesiatical structures from a sacred to secular use (e.g., the bishop's palace became - and remains - a civic building) but the very landscape changed from lands belonging to ecclesiastics to the territories of the Republic.
|Title of host publication||Layered Landscapes|
|Subtitle of host publication||Early Modern Religious Space Across Faiths and Cultures|
|Editors||Eric Nelson, Jonathan Wright|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||9781472459510, 9780367880484|
|Publication status||Published - 24 May 2017|