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Open Access 4. Civic and Confessional Memory in Conflict. Augsburg in the Sixteenth Century

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4. Civic and Confessional Memory in Conflict. Augsburg in the Sixteenth Century

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In the summer of 1584, an uprising over a reform of the calendar in the city of Augsburg occasioned a struggle to define both the memory of the debates that had precipitated the uprising and the memory of what the uprising was about. This essay explores the divergent strategies used to construct competing memories of the events surrounding the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in Augsburg and suggest how these strategies underlined divergent conceptualisations of community in the wake of the Reformation. It argues that divergent memories were grounded on divergent foundations: the accusatory writings of the oppositional Protestant group, especially in the person of Augsburg's former superintendent of the Protestant churches in Augsburg, Georg Müller, were rooted in their claims to probity as preachers of the Word, as exemplified in their use of biblical references drawing parallels with the present.

Keywords: Augsburg; divergent memories; Georg Müller; Gregorian calendar; Protestant churches; Reformation



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