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Incombustible Lutheran Books in Early Modern Germany

1st Edition

By Avner Shamir


196 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book discusses the early modern engagement with books that survived intentional or accidental fire in Lutheran Germany. From the 1620s until the middle of the eighteenth century, unburnt books became an attraction for princes, publishers, clergymen, and some laymen. To cope with an event that seemed counter-intuitive and possibly supernatural, contemporaries preserved these books, narrated their survival, and discussed their significance. This book demonstrates how early modern Europeans, no longer bound to traditional medieval religion, yet not accustomed to modern scientific ways of thinking, engaged with a natural phenomenon that was not uncommon and yet seemed to defy common sense.

Table of Contents

1. Unburnt Books: Early Modern Lutheran Things

2. Narrative

3. Thing

4. Miracle

5. "Non cultus sed memoriae gratia"

About the Author

Avner Shamir is Associate Professor at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
HISTORY / Modern / General