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Augsburg?s interrogation records give us an insight into the ambiguous nature of the early Reformation and its implications for ordinary people. Due to its economic and political importance, the imperial city of Augsburg was the site of several significant Reformation events, including the signing of Confession of Augsburg in 1530, which constituted a declaration of Protestant beliefs. In the case of Anabaptists, the council usually released those who recanted and exiled those who refused or those who were not citizens of Augsburg. The case of the Näßlins presents another sample of intrafamily relations tested in the pursuit of religious identity. The cases discussed in this chapter illustrate the challenges that people faced when pursuing religious faith in a time of great ambiguity and the impact their behavior could have on family relations.

Keywords: Anabaptist; Augsburg city council; Näßlins

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