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Making The Bi-Confessional City: Political Encounters

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This chapter addresses the first two groups of censored printing and speech. A brief discussion of censorship from 1547 - 1555 aims to uncover the government?s motivation in suppressing dissent and the nature of defendants? efforts to justify their actions. The chapter does not intend to examine printed materials or the printing trade in Augsburg but rather the individual printers who came into conflict with their community or authorities because of their religious beliefs or the beliefs expressed in the materials they produced. Narciß Raminger, who came from a well-established printing family in Augsburg, was one of the printers arrested in August of 1549. The group of cases involving critical speeches includes a variety of offensive statements, not all directed against the council. Some criticized the council as a whole, while others focused on specific members; some criticized the emperor; and some simply raised issues that the council found dangerous.

Keywords: Augsburg?s religious position; critical speeches; Narciß Raminger; printing trade

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