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1617, 1717

Thomas Albert Howard

in Remembering the Reformation

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9780198754190
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191815911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754190.003.0002
1617, 1717

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This chapter focuses on the first two centenary jubilees of the Reformation in 1617 and 1717 and argues that they are similar in many respects. It makes clear that these commemorations were largely restricted to German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire. It also shows that these were highly confessional affairs, in which theologians, ecclesiastical figures, and secular princes worked together to commemorate the Reformation. Accordingly, the jubilees exhibited considerable confessional strife between Lutherans and Catholics, but also between Lutherans and Reformed Protestants. Finally, this chapter makes clear the central role the memory of Martin Luther and his 95 Theses played in these commemorations.

Keywords: 1617; 1717; 95 Theses; Martin Luther; Dream of Friedrich the Elector; Ulm; confessionalism; Wittenberg; Protestant League; Saxony

Chapter.  8484 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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