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Locating The Sacred In Biconfessional Augsburg

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This chapter presents a preliminary sketch of geography of religion within the city of Augsburg during the sixteenth century: both the ways in which religion might be said to inscribe itself into the urban landscape, cloisters and jurisdictions and the ways in which Christians divided in the sixteenth century over questions of religion and space. In seeking to argue the importance of space and place for any understanding of religion, it also invites consideration of "loss" in spatial terms not simply the loss of the myth of "universal Christendom," but the loss of a sense, held by the ever more dominant majority in Europe. The inscription of diocesan boundaries was the most ancient, arising as it did along the lines of Roman imperial administration. In Augsburg, cemeteries were attached to individual churches: the Cathedral and the churches of St. Anna, St. Stephan, and St. Georg are particularly documented.

Keywords: Augsburg; diocesan boundaries; Lutheran cemeteries; sixteenth century



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