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Making The Bi-Confessional City: Religious Encounters

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This chapter focuses on the religious themes that appear prominently in legal cases from 1548 to 1555. Focusing on the religious aspects of the cases allows us to see how and under what circumstances religion could bring persons into conflict with one another and with their council. It also gives us an idea of which problems Augsburg?s council viewed as most important and how it viewed its role in regulating religious life in Augsburg. The first group of cases, which concerns attacks on members of the clergy, includes two general types. The first few cases comprise incidents in which anti-clerical behavior was suspected but remained unproven or unsubstantiated. The second group of cases involves very direct and indisputable, usually verbal, attacks on clergy for a variety of reasons. The story of Hans Hoffmann, a baker?s journeyman from Bamberg, introduces the first group of cases.

Keywords: Augsburg?scity council; Hans Hoffmann; religious themes



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