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This is this concluding chapter of the book, which presents cases that assesses the impact of a changing religious world on individuals in an urban community by highlighting the experiences of ordinary people, who witnessed the innovations and upheaval firsthand, at the very beginning of the reform movement. By listening to the voices of residents in Augsburg in the first half of the sixteenth century, the anonymous mass of believers becomes individuals, and the existence of an often puzzling tangle of motives, influences, and passions, which complicated their relationships to religious belief and practices, comes to light. A new understanding of the development of religious identity in early Reformation Augsburg informs our perception of relations among people of diverse religious beliefs. Most histories of the Reformation used to take the existence of conflicts between religious groups for granted.

Keywords: early reformation Augsburg; religious identity



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