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Bremer, Kai


Volkssprachliche Kontroversen zwischen altgläubigen und evangelischen Theologen im 16. Jahrhundert

[Religious Pamphlet War. Vernacular controversies in 16th century Germany.]

Series:Frühe Neuzeit 104

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    Publication Date:
    January 2005
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    Aims and Scope

    This study deals with religious controversies of Reformation Germany. The first part focuses on the rhetorical structure of single pamphlets and on the way the pamphlets build up to a controversy with two or more participants. Three case studies illustrate how the controversies worked: 1) the controversy on Martin Luther's »An den christlichen Adel deutscher Nation« (1520), 2) the controversy on Friedrich Staphylus' »Theologiae Martini Lutheri Trimembris Epitome« (1558) first led in Latin and later in German and 3) the controversy on Lucas Osianders »Warnung Vor der Jesuiter blut durstigen Anschlägen« (1585). The second part discusses the cultural and sociological background of the controversies. The third part approaches ways of polemic writing in sources like accounts of conversion, sermons and more literary genres like poetry and plays.


    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    x, 329 pages
    4 Illustrations
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    "[...] Bremer's monograph covers an unusually broad spectrum of textual material and in so doing both clears new paths for further investigation and provides helpful new terms for interpreting Catholic controversial literature."
    Ralph Keen in: The Catholic Historical Review, Oktober 2008

    "Wer immer sich mit religiösen Auseinandersetzungen in der Frühen Neuzeit beschäftigt, wird und kann dieses in Anlage und Herangehensweise perspektivenreiche Buch nicht übergehen."
    Markus Friedrich in: Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte Nr. 118, 2/2007

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