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

Edited By

Ute Lotz-Heumann

ISBN 9780815373537
Published January 25, 2019 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

A Sourcebook of Early Modern European History not only provides instructors with primary sources of a manageable length and translated into English, it also offers students a concise explanation of their context and meaning.

By covering different areas of early modern life through the lens of contemporaries’ experiences, this book serves as an introduction to the early modern European world in a way that a narrative history of the period cannot. It is divided into six subject areas, each comprising between twelve and fourteen explicated sources: I. The fabric of communities: Social interaction and social control; II. Social spaces: Experiencing and negotiating encounters; III. Propriety, legitimacy, fi delity: Gender, marriage, and the family; IV. Expressions of faith: Offi cial and popular religion; V. Realms intertwined: Religion and politics; and, VI. Defining the religious other: Identities and conflicts.

Spanning the period from c. 1450 to c. 1750 and including primary sources from across early modern Europe, from Spain to Transylvania, Italy to Iceland, and the European colonies, this book provides an excellent sense of the diversity and complexity of human experience during this time whilst drawing attention to key themes and events of the period. It is ideal for students of early modern history, and of early modern Europe in particular.

Table of Contents

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How to use this book

By Ute Lotz-Heumann

General introduction

By Ute Lotz-Heumann

I. The fabric of communities: Social interaction and social control


By Ute Lotz-Heumann

1. Show me your horse and I will tell you who you are: Marx Fugger on horses as markers of social status, 1584

By Pia F. Cuneo

2. From Bohemia to Spain and back again: Sports diplomacy in fifteenth-century Europe

By Paul Milliman

3. Resisting and defending noble privileges in the New World: Garcíade Contreras Figueroa before the royal appellate court of New Spain, Mexico City, 1580

By Michael Crawford

4. "And so the old world has renewed": Magdalena Paumgartner of Nuremberg reveals the social significance of fashion, 1591

By Ulinka Rublack

5. In and out of the ivory tower: The scholar Conrad Pellikan starts a new life in Zurich in 1526

By Bruce Gordon

6. A Protestant pastor should set an example for his community: Johannes Brandmüller of Basel gets into trouble in 1591

By Amy Nelson Burnett

7. Spain, 1649: The Inquisition disciplines two Catholic priests who shot the baby Jesus

By Allyson M. Poska

8. Canterbury, 1560: Slander and social order in an early modern town

By Catherine Richardson

9. ‘Popular duels’: Honor, violence, and reconciliation in an Augsburg street fight in 1642

By B. Ann Tlusty

10. Regulating day laborers’ wages in sixteenth-century Zwickau

By Siegfried Hoyer

11. Ore Mountain miners stage a social protest in 1719

By Helmut Bräuer

12. Against corruption in all the estates: An early eighteenth-century Pietist vision for universal reform through education

By Richard L. Gawthrop

II. Social spaces: Experiencing and negotiating encounters


By Ute Lotz-Heumann

13. Life at a German court: The importance of equestrian skill in the early seventeenth century 65

By Pia F. Cuneo

14. The constitutional treaty of a German city: Strasbourg, 1482

By Thomas A. Brady, Jr.

15. Contested spaces: Bishop and city in late fifteenth- century Augsburg

By J. Jeffery Tyler

16. Uproar in Antwerp, 1522

By Victoria Christman

17. "We want the friar!" A civic uprising in Augsburg in 1524

By Joel Van Amberg

18. Bourges: Public rituals of collective and personal identity in the middle of the sixteenth century

By Jonathan A. Reid

19. Castres, 1561: A town erupts into religious violence

By Barbara B. Diefendorf

20. Swiss towns put on a play: Urban space as stage in the sixteenth century

By Kaspar Von Greyerz

21. Smoke, sound, and murder in sixteenth- century Paris

By Alan E. Bernstein

22. Bologna’s Feast of the Roast Pig: A carnivalesque festival in a sixteenth-century Italian city square

By Nicholas Terpstra

23. Taking control of village religion: Wendelstein in Franconia, 1524

By Katherine G. Brady and Thomas A. Brady, Jr.

24. A Swiss village’s religious settlement: Zizers in Graubünden, 1616

By Randolph C. Head

25. Mapping the unseen: A Bohemian Jesuit meets the Palaos Islanders, 1697

By Ulrike Strasser

III. Propriety, legitimacy, fidelity: Gender, marriage, and the family


By Ute Lotz-Heumann

26. Housefather and housemother: Order and hierarchy in the early modern family

By Ute Lotz-Heumann

27. Sexual crime and political conflict: An Alsatian nobleman is burned to death with his male lover in 1482

By Christopher Ocker

28. "O abomination!" A sixteenth-century sermon against adultery

By Curt Bostick

29. Hans Gallmeyer: Seduction, bigamy, and forgery in an Augsburg workshop in 1565

By Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer

30. Professor Bryson’s unfortunate engagement, Geneva, 1582

By Karin Maag

31. Gender relations in Germany during the Thirty Years’ War: A groom refuses to marry his bride

By Heide Wunder

32. Defining a new profession: Ordinance regulating midwives, Nuremberg, 1522

By Merry E. Wiesner- Hanks

33. A Chatty Comedy About the Birthing Room: Johannes Praetorius observes women’s lives in seventeenth-century Germany

By Gerhild Scholz Williams

34. A letter sent from Augsburg in 1538: A Protestant minister writes to a friend about his illegitimate son

By Milton Kooistra

35. Piedmont, 1712: Son forced into monastery by his father manages to get out

By Anne Jacobson Schutte (†)

36. A mother tries to reform her son: Elisabeth of Braunschweig’s "Motherly Admonition" to her son Erich, 1545

By Jill Bepler

37. Old age outside the bosom of the family: Elizabeth Freke of Norfolk (d. 1714)

By Lynn A. Botelho

IV. Expressions of faith: Official and popular religion


By Ute Lotz-Heumann

38. Reformation by accident? Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses of 1517

By Scott H. Hendrix

39. Thomas Müntzer: A radical alternative

By Günter Vogler

40. Holy Scripture alone: Philip Melanchthon and academic theology

By Nicole Kuropka

41. Interpreting the Bible in the sixteenth century: John Calvin on the Gospels of Luke and Matthew

By Bernard Roussel

42. How to organize a church: John a Lasco on the election of ministers, 1555

By Michael S. Springer

43. What is a good death? Barbara Dürer, 1514

By Helmut Puff

44. A funeral sermon for Christian Röhrscheidt, law student in Leipzig, 1627

By Cornelia Niekus Moore

45. Pilsen, 1503: A wonderful apparition

By Kathryn A. Edwards

46. Hornhausen: A Protestant miracle well in seventeenth-century Germany

By Ute Lotz-Heumann

47. Gent, 1658: The miracle of the breast milk – or perhaps not

By Craig Harline

48. A snapshot of Iberian religiosities: The inquisitorial case against the New Christian Mar í a de Sierra, 1651

By David Graizbord

49. Blazing stars: Interpreting comets as portents of the future in late seventeenth- century Germany

By Andrew Fix (†)

50. Picturing witchcraft in late seventeenth- century Germany

By Charles Zika

51. Loftur the Sorcerer and clerical magic in eighteenth-century Iceland

By Thomas B. De Mayo

V. Realms intertwined: Religion and politics


By Ute Lotz-Heumann

52. Martin Luther defies Frederick the Wise: A letter from Borna, 1522

By Heinz Schilling

53. Philip Melanchthon justifies magisterial reform, 1539

By James M. Estes

54. The courage to avow the truth: Philip Melanchthon on the Interim, 1548

By Irene Dingel

55. 6 July 1535 – interpreting Thomas More’s last words: God or king?

By Marjory E. Lange

56. Mansfeld, 1554: Follow- up to an ecclesiastical visitation

By Robert Christman

57. Reformation mandates for the Pays de Vaud, 1536: How Bernese authorities tried to force their subjects to become Protestants

By James J. Blakeley

58. Ministers and magistrates: The excommunication debate in Lausanne in 1558

By Michael W. Bruening

59. Who is in charge? Politics, religion, and astrology during the Thirty Years’ War

By Sigrun Haude

60. Advocating religious tolerance: A Nuremberg voice of 1530

By Berndt Hamm

61. Assuring civil rights for religious minorities in sixteenth-century France

By Raymond A. Mentzer

62. Turda, 1568: Tolerance Transylvanian style

By Graeme Murdock

63. Who suffered? A row in the Dublin Privy Council, 1605

By Ute Lotz-Heumann

64. Is the throne empty? James II’s supposed desertion of 1688 discussed

By Peter Foley (†)

65. Dubrovnik: A Catholic state under the Ottoman sultan

By James D. Tracy

VI. Defining the religious other: Identities and conflicts


By Ute Lotz-Heumann

66. The ‘red Jews’ and Protestant reformers

By Andrew Colin Gow

67. Debating the Reformation in Torgau, 1522

By Craig Koslofsky

68. A Freiburg citizen’s response to Luther in 1524

By Tom Scott

69. Augustin Bader of Augsburg (d. 1530): Weaver, prophet, messianic king

By Robert J. Bast

70. Should you consecrate bells? Johannes Eberlin von Günzburg argues against an established religious practice in 1525

By Euan Cameron

71. Catholic preaching on the eve of the French Wars of Religion: A eucharistic battleground

By Larissa Juliet Taylor

72. How to convince Catholics that Protestants have sex in the open air: Gabriel du Pr é au’s Catalogue of All Heretics, 1569

By Irena Backus

73. The Luther family’s flight: A Counter- Reformation polemical broadsheet of the 1620s

By Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

74. God intervenes: A eucharistic miracle in the principality of Orange, 1678

By S. Amanda Eurich

75. Different confessions, difficult choices: Theodore Beza converts after thirteen years of inner struggles

By Scott M. Manetsch

76. "A priest you were on Sunday / Monday morning a minister": Clerical conformity in eighteenth- century Ireland

By Monica Brennan

77. A great poet describes his own times: John Milton’s Of Reformation, 1641

By David Cressy

78. Thomas Gage in Guatemala: A Puritan’s memoir of preaching among the Maya, 1648

By Kevin Gosner

79. The morality of doubt: The religious skeptics of seventeenth-century Venice

By Edward Muir

Map 1: Europe after 1648

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Ute Lotz-Heumann is Heiko A. Oberman Professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History and Director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Arizona. She specializes in European early modern history, especially the history of Germany and Ireland.