This introductory chapter provides a preview of the topics that the book discusses. This book generally describes the Reformation's effect on marriage and family as it was implemented in the town of Augsburg. Augsburg was chosen because it was one of the three premier cities of southern Germany. Its religious history was very interesting because of its early Lutheranism being influenced by theologians such as Zwingli and Bucer. Moreover, evangelical moralism was embodied well in this town due to several developments of different religions. Furthermore, the city has an outstanding collection of criminal records and punishment books, which could help in exploring the impact of evangelical moralism on the men and women who lived through the years of the Reformation.
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