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Religious Tensions In The 1520s

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Several cases from the mid to late 1520s illustrate the presence of tension and conflict between the citizens and their spiritual and secular authorities. More importantly, cases that initially seem to reflect antagonism against another religious group are better described as anti-clerical or anti-institutional in nature. These cases also reveal the sensitivity of lay people to religious tensions in their daily interactions. This chapter examines two cases in closer detail in order to investigate the nature of conflicts among citizens. The first case comes from 1526; it involves a group of young men, apprentice cabinet-makers, who were accused of illegally entering a garden to steal wood from the bishop of Augsburg. A second case from 1529 revolves around two military men, whose participation in a casual conversation among neighbors led to a bitter argument and one man?s trial for blasphemy.

Keywords: bishop of Augsburg; blasphemy; religious tensions

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