Antifraternalism and Anticlericalism in the German Reformation: Johann Eberlin von Günzburg and the Campaign Against the Friars, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Antifraternalism and Anticlericalism in the German Reformation

Johann Eberlin von Günzburg and the Campaign Against the Friars, 1st Edition

By Geoffrey Dipple


264 pages

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Many of the leading figures of the Reformation and many of their most able opponents came from among the ranks of the Franciscan Order. This Order became the focus of attack in a pamphlet war waged against it in 1523 by converts to the Reformation. These criticisms were based on arguments by Luther in his Judgement on Monastic Vows, and the pamphlets provided an important channel for these views. Luther’s arguments were also reinforced by criticisms of the mendicant orders drawn from medieval polemical and satirical literature. The campaign of 1523 brought together both Reformation and pre-Reformation anticlerical themes. In this book Geoffrey Dipple looks at the perception of the Franciscan order in the 15th and 16th centuries, placing the attacks firmly in the context of late medieval inter-clerical rivalries. He looks particularly at the anticlerical polemics of one of the primary participants - Johann Eberlin von Günzburg - the most vocal of the Franciscan’s critics.


'…a superb survey of historiography and a fresh and thorough review of Eberlin as well as other anticlerical authors. Our view of the turmoil of the early 1520s is enhanced and put in sharper focus by this study.' Catholic Historical Review 'an important study of Eberlin’s pamphlets and of the anti-Franciscan campaign…a welcome addition to Reformation studies.' American Historical Review '… a valuable contribution to revisionist debate in German reformation studies.' Ecclesiastical History

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The Friars and their Critics on the Eve of the Reformation; 'Foolish Little Monks and Priests': Johann Eberlin von Günzburg's Vision of Reform in the Earliest Elements of 'The Fifteen Confederates'; 'The Grey Hypocrite from the Superstitious Observants'; Anticlericalism and Antifraternalism in the Remainder of 'The Fifteen Confederates'; 'A Priest Must be Blameless, the Husband of one Wife': Eberlin's Writings from Wittenberg in 1522 and Early 1523; 'Against the Profaners of God's Creatures': Anticlericalism in Wittenberg in 1523; 'A Fool or an Arch-Rogue': The Anti-Franciscan Campaign of 1523; Variations on a Theme: Antifraternalism and Anticlericalism in the Flugschriften of Heinrich von Kettenbach and Johann Rot-Locher; 'The Agents of Satan': The Clergy and the Schwärmer in the Later Writings of Johann Eberlin von Günzburg; Antifraternalism and Reformation Anticlericalism; Bibliography; Index.

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St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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