The Negotiated Reformation: Imperial Cities and the Politics by Christopher W. Close

By Christopher W. Close

Using facts from a variety of imperial towns, this publication bargains a brand new reason behind the unfold and survival of city reform through the 16th century. by way of reading the operation of nearby political constellations, it unearths a typical technique of negotiation that formed the Reformation within the Holy Roman Empire. It reevaluates conventional versions of reform that go away unexplored the non secular implications of versatile platforms of communique and aid between towns. Such networks stimulated city reform in basic methods, affecting how Protestant preachers moved from urban to urban, in addition to what models of the Reformation urban councils brought. This fusion of faith and politics intended that with neighborhood adaptations, negotiation inside a neighborhood framework sat on the middle of city reform. The Negotiated Reformation consequently explains not just how the Reformation unfold to nearly each imperial urban in southern Germany, but additionally the way it survived imperial makes an attempt to repress spiritual reform.

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Augsburg’s mayor Hans Langenmantel, who remained chairman until his death in 1505, replaced Besserer. The position then went to Ulm’s mayor Matthaus ¨ Neithart, who held the post until 1513. When he died, the chairmanship returned to Augsburg and Ulrich Artzt. Upon Artzt’s death in 1527, Ulrich Neithart of Ulm became the final urban chairman. ¨ Carl, Der Schwabische Bund, 67. 39 Many other princes openly blamed the cities for the spread of heretical ideas. ”40 Indeed, growing tensions between the princely and urban estates brought on by the Reformation helped lead in 1522 to the revitalization of the regular Urban Diet.

Fur During the 1480s and 1490s, Donauworth also fostered a closer relationship with the ¨ emperor that helped prevent renewed Bavarian intervention in the city. Kiessling, “Musculus,” 138–9. ¨ Brady, Turning Swiss, 49–51; Claudius Sieber-Lehmann, Spatmittelalterlicher Nationalismus. Die Burgunderkriege am Oberrhein und in der Eidgenossenschaft (Gottingen: ¨ Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1995), esp. 356–62. ¨ G. Schmidt, Der Stadtetag, 146. Consultation and the Urban Hierarchy 27 While the Urban Diet’s membership included all of the Empire’s imperial cities, it had a decidedly southern flavor.

Ultimately, on the eve of the Schmalkaldic War, Eastern Swabia’s imperial cities had to choose sides. They made their decisions within the regional framework of the south German urban hierarchy and its long-standing patterns of communication. 1 Consultation and the Urban Hierarchy In mid-October 1531, an urgent letter arrived in the city council chamber of the imperial city Ulm. Penned by magistrates in Constance, an imperial city in southwestern Upper Swabia, the missive requested Ulm’s help in resolving a legal conflict between Constance’s council and several Dominican monks.

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