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This concluding chapter illumines not only the life and career of a court preacher but also our understanding of religion and culture in the early modern German empire and beyond. Conrad Bröske was the key figure in the earliest chapter of Philadelphian-inspired book production, unmatched in his many-faceted promotion of heterodox Pietist writings and ideas. Bröske contributed as prolific author, translator and broad-minded censor of the Offenbach press. Under his oversight the Offenbach press brought to light the heterodox millennialist writings of Thomas Beverley, Jane Leade, Johann Henrich Reitz, Heinrich Horch, Johann Konrad Dippel, Johann Wilhelm and Johanna Eleonora Petersen, and many others. The first beginnings of freedom of the press in the German empire can be credited to figures such as Conrad Bröske. Bröske's story also provides a window into the rediscovery of eschatology among the Pietists in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Keywords: Conrad Bröske; early modern German empire; heterodox millennialist writings; heterodox Pietist writings; Offenbach press; Philadelphian-inspired book production



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