Pietas et Societas: New Trends in Reformation Social History

Kyle Sessions & Philip Bebb, eds.

The essays contained within the book reflect the diversity of social history, and it is that aspect of the book that is important. It is not a history of theological controversy but a book of social history. (SCE&S 4)

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Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 4

This volume is dedicated to Harold J. Grimm, the author of one of the most heavily used textbooks of the Reformation. The two editors and all the contributors are students of Grimm. The essays contained within the book reflect the diversity of social history, and it is that aspect of the book that is important. It is not a history of theological controversy but a book of social history. There is, for example, a discussion of the working poor, the role of music in Lutheranism, the place of women and marriage in the magisterial Reformation, and the importance of wood-cuts as tools for propaganda.

Contents

Reformation History and Social History: The Contribution of Harold J. Grimm
Phillip N. Bebb
Toward a Social History of Ideas in the German Reformation
H. C. Erik Midelfort
The Reformation, Purgatory, and Perpetual Rents in the Revolt of 1525 at Frankfurt am Main
Lawrence P. Buck
Protestantism, Divorce, and the Breaking of the Modern Family
Thomas Max Safley
Women, Marriage, and Magisterial Reformation: The Case of Malmø, Denmark
Grethe Jacobsen
Making Ends Meet: The Working Poor in Early Modern Europe
Merry E. Wiesner
Visitations and Popular Religious Culture: Further Reports from Strasbourg
James M. Kittelson
Pamphlet Woodcuts in the Communication Process of Reformation Germany
Richard G. Cole
Luther in Music and Verse
Kyle C. Sessions
We Must Have the Dear Ladies: Martin Luther and Women
Jonathan W. Zophy
Martin Luther and the City of Zwickau
Susan C. Karant-Nunn
Philip of Hesse’s Vision of Protestant Unity and the Marburg Colloquy
William J. Wright
“Perilous Events and Troublesome Disturbances”: The Role of Controversy in the Tradition of Luther to Lutheran Orthodoxy
Robert A. Kolb
Reformation or Deformation? Lutheran and Reformed Views of Martin Luther in Brandenburg’s “Second Reformation”
Bodo Nischan

 

 

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Reviews

The editors have shown remarkable insight in producing a coherent whole that is faithful to the full scope of Grimm’s work.

—Richard Bailey, Mennonite Quarterly Review

[This book] is a valuable tool for getting one in touch with contemporary issues regarding social history in the Reformation.

—Lowell H. Zuck, Church History

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