Kaspar Von Greyerz and Thomas Dunlap

in Religion and Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1500–1800

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195327656
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851478 | DOI:

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The chapter discusses the path-breaking study by Bernd Moeller, a church historian, explaining the special appeal that the Reformation message had in the imperial cities of the German southwest and Switzerland in the 1520s, by noting the interaction of the urban-corporative legal and constitutional tradition and the Reformation theology of Zwingli and Bucer with its urban imprint. The urban-corporative tradition of the southwest German and Swiss imperial cities was sacrally transfigured through this theology. Reformation and Counter-Reformation brought fundamental changes in their wake with respect to the social and ecclesiastical function of marriage and family. The author also examines various independent aspects of early modern popular religious practice about elements connecting the piety of the pre-Tridentine period and that of the post-Tridentine period.

Keywords: Bernd Moeller; Reformation; urban-corporative; constitutional; Counter-Reformation; ecclesiastical; social; Tridentine

Chapter.  8851 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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