1st Edition

Weathering the Reformation Climate and Religion in Early Sixteenth-Century Strasbourg

By Linnéa Rowlatt Copyright 2024
    220 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Weathering the Reformation explores the role of the Little Ice Age in early modern Christian culture and considers climate as a contributing factor in the Protestant Reform. The book focuses on religious narratives from Strasbourg between 1509 and 1541, pivotal years during which the European cultural concept of nature splintered along confessional differences. Together with case studies from antagonistic religious communities, Linnéa Rowlatt draws on annual weather reports for a period during which the climate became less hospitable to human endeavours. Social uunrest and the cultural upheaval of Reform are examined in relation to deteriorating climactic conditions characteristic of the Spörer Minimum. This book will be of particular interest to scholars of religious history and climate history.

    1. Physical and Social Frames: The Upper Rhine Valley and Pre-Reform Alsatian Society  2. Pre-Reform Roman Catholicism and Nature (Case Study 1)  3. The Common Man and the Natural World from Lent 1509 to 1525 (Case Study 2)  4. The Reform of Nature in Strasbourg (Case Study 3)


    Linnéa Rowlatt is Research Coordinator for the International Network for Training, Education, and Research on Culture (Network on Culture) based in Canada. Her PhD was jointly awarded by the University of Kent, UK and the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.