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This chapter provides some concluding thoughts of the book titled The Primacy of the Postils: Catholics, Protestants, and the Dissemination of Ideas in Early Modern Germany. The author focuses on postil production, formats, methods of distribution, and the like at the expense of their contents for a reason. He also points out, on the one hand, that virtually every topic currently of interest to theological, social, or cultural historians had its usual place in postils; indeed, a few historians have employed some of these sermons in their works, although almost never systematically. On the other hand, the use of such sources, should be conducted always with a view towards production, form, distribution, geography, and duration of printing, i.e., it needs to be based on a systematic understanding of these issues before the utterances of individual postillators can be properly interpreted, especially in terms of potential impact.

Keywords: catholics; early modern Germany; postils; protestants



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