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A Sourcebook of Early Modern European History: Life, Death, and Everything in Between


How to use this bookThe early modern era as a transitional periodSociety and economyReligion and the churchesPolitics and the stateNoteFurther readingI The fabric of communities: Social interaction and social controlShow me your horse and I will tell you who you are: Marx Fugger on horses as markers of social status, 1584From Bohemia to Spain and back again: Sports diplomacy in fifteenth-century EuropeResisting and defending noble privileges in the New World: García de Contreras Figueroa before the royal...“And so the old world has renewed”: Magdalena Paumgartner of Nuremberg reveals the social significance...In and out of the ivory tower: The scholar Conrad Pellikan starts a new life in Zurich in 1526A Protestant pastor should set an example for his community: Johannes Brandmüller of Basel gets into trouble in 1591Spain, 1649: The Inquisition disciplines two Catholic priests who shot the baby JesusCanterbury, 1560: Slander and social order in an early modern town‘Popular duels’: Honor, violence, and reconciliation in an Augsburg street fight in 1642Regulating day laborers’ wages in sixteenth-century ZwickauOre Mountain miners stage a social protest in 1719Against corruption in all the estates: An early eighteenth-century Pietist vision for universal reform through...II Social spaces: Experiencing and negotiating encountersLife at a German court: The importance of equestrian skill in the early seventeenth centuryThe constitutional treaty of a German city: Strasbourg, 1482Contested spaces: Bishop and city in late fifteenth-century AugsburgUproar in Antwerp, 1522“We want the friar!” A civic uprising in Augsburg in 1524Bourges: Public rituals of collective and personal identity in the middle of the sixteenth centuryCastres, 1561: A town erupts into religious violenceSwiss towns put on a play: Urban space as stage in the sixteenth centurySmoke, sound, and murder in sixteenth-century Paris1Bologna’s Feast of the Roast Pig: A carnivalesque festival in a sixteenth-century Italian city squareTaking control of village religion: Wendelstein in Franconia, 1524A Swiss village’s religious settlement: Zizers in Graubünden, 1616Mapping the unseen: A Bohemian Jesuit meets the Palaos Islanders, 1697III Propriety, legitimacy, fidelity: Gender, marriage, and the familyHousefather and housemother: Order and hierarchy in the early modern familySexual crime and political conflict: An Alsatian nobleman is burned to death with his male lover in 1482“O abomination!” A sixteenth-century sermon against adulteryHans Gallmeyer: Seduction, bigamy, and forgery in an Augsburg workshop in 1565Professor Bryson’s unfortunate engagement, Geneva, 1582Gender relations in Germany during the Thirty Years’ War: A groom refuses to marry his brideDefining a new profession: Ordinance regulating midwives, Nuremberg, 1522A Chatty Comedy About the Birthing Room: Johannes Praetorius observes women’s lives in seventeenth-century GermanyA letter sent from Augsburg in 1538: A Protestant minister writes to a friend about his illegitimate sonPiedmont, 1712: Son forced into monastery by his father manages to get outA mother tries to reform her son: Elisabeth of Braunschweig’s “Motherly Admonition” to her son Erich, 1545Old age outside the bosom of the family: Elizabeth Freke of Norfolk (d. 1714)IV Expressions of faith: Official and popular religionReformation by accident? Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses of 1517Thomas Müntzer: A radical alternativeHoly Scripture alone: Philip Melanchthon and academic theologyInterpreting the Bible in the sixteenth century: John Calvin on the Gospels of Luke and MatthewHow to organize a church: John a Lasco on the election of ministers, 1555What is a good death? Barbara Dürer, 1514A funeral sermon for Christian Röhrscheidt, law student in Leipzig, 1627Pilsen, 1503: A wonderful apparitionHornhausen: A Protestant miracle well in seventeenth-century GermanyGent, 1658: The miracle of the breast milk – or perhaps notA snapshot of Iberian religiosities: The inquisitorial case against the New Christian María de Sierra, 1651Blazing stars: Interpreting comets as portents of the future in late seventeenth-century GermanyPicturing witchcraft in late seventeenth-century GermanyLoftur the Sorcerer and clerical magic in eighteenth-century IcelandV Realms intertwined: Religion and politicsMartin Luther defies Frederick the Wise: A letter from Borna, 1522Philip Melanchthon justifies magisterial reform, 1539The courage to avow the truth: Philip Melanchthon on the Interim, 15481July 1535 – interpreting Thomas More’s last words: God or king?Mansfeld, 1554: Follow-up to an ecclesiastical visitationReformation mandates for the Pays de Vaud, 1536: How Bernese authorities tried to force their subjects to...Ministers and magistrates: The excommunication debate in Lausanne in 1558Who is in charge? Politics, religion, and astrology during the Thirty Years’ WarAdvocating religious tolerance: A Nuremberg voice of 15301Assuring civil rights for religious minorities in sixteenth-century FranceTurda, 1568: Tolerance Transylvanian styleWho suffered? A row in the Dublin Privy Council, 1605Is the throne empty? James II’s supposed desertion of 1688 discussedDubrovnik: A Catholic state under the Ottoman sultanVI Defining the religious other: Identities and conflictsThe ‘red Jews’ and Protestant reformersDebating the Reformation in Torgau, 1522A Freiburg citizen’s response to Luther in 1524Augustin Bader of Augsburg (d. 1530): Weaver, prophet, messianic kingShould you consecrate bells? Johannes Eberlin von Günzburg argues against an established religious practice in 1525Catholic preaching on the eve of the French Wars of Religion: A eucharistic battlegroundHow to convince Catholics that Protestants have sex in the open air: Gabriel du Préau’s Catalogue of...The Luther family’s flight: A Counter-Reformation polemical broadsheet of the 1620sGod intervenes: A eucharistic miracle in the principality of Orange, 1678Different confessions, difficult choices: Theodore Beza converts after thirteen years of inner struggles“A priest you were on Sunday / Monday morning a minister”: Clerical conformity in eighteenth-century IrelandA great poet describes his own times: John Milton’s Of Reformation, 1641Thomas Gage in Guatemala: A Puritan’s memoir of preaching among the Maya, 1648The morality of doubt: The religious skeptics of seventeenth-century VeniceMapList of contributors
 
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