Reforming Church History: The Impact of the Reformation on Early Modern European Historiography

M. Matthias, Daniel Gehrt (Editor), Sascha Salatowsky (Editor)

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The reformation of the Western Church was a series of momentous events that uprooted many things previously taken for granted. In the wake of these dramatic changes, adherents to the various emerging confessional cultures in the sixteenth century sought assurance with the help of historiography. They created specific narratives of the events surrounding the Reformation and a historical continuity from early Christianity to legitimize their own religious teaching and practice. Subsequently, the Reformation, as a process of reform, renewal, or upheaval of church and society, shaped the way contemporary actors and the following generations dealt with history in the pre-modern era. The authors of the present volume pursue inquiries into these and other related developments, taking a wide range of denominational perspectives in various European contexts into account, until well into the eighteenth century.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStuttgart
PublisherSteiner Verlag
Number of pages317
ISBN (Print)978-3-515-13424-8
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameGothaer Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit

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