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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which explores issues typically reserved for the post- 1555 confessional age, such as the formation of religious identities and the impact of religious identity on relations with others, at the very beginning of the reformation. In Augsburg in the first half of sixteenth century, the development of religious identities and their impact on relations within a community took place in an environment without confessionalization. The book examines how and to what extent people formed religious identities in the first four decades of the Reformation and how those identities had an impact on their relationships with other people, particularly their families, friends, and neighbors. The chapter presents an overview of how other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: Augsburg?s citizens; religious identity



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