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Beyond The Printed Book. The Media In Reformation Historiography

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For historians the invention of printing and the Reformation constitute essential points of reference, and their view of history from 1500 onwards is to a great extent based on these two events. Paying attention to media other than the manuscript and the printed book is anything but a general phenomenon in church historiography, but this chapter refers to publications by other authors who are active in this area. However it emphasizes other aspects than those pointed out in the main publications concerning this subject. In 1518, however, a pamphlet war broke out in Germany, and Martin Luther did not hesitate to take up a central position in it. Unfortunately, only very few sermons from the early Dutch Reformation period have survived. But even in this area there are opportunities for a plurimedial orientation in church-historical research.

Keywords: church historiography; Dutch reformation; Germany; Martin Luther; printing

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