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The Holy HouseholdWomen and Morals in Reformation Augsburg$
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Lyndal Roper

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202806.001.0001

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The Domestication of the Reformation

The Domestication of the Reformation

(p.7) 1 The Domestication of the Reformation
The Holy Household

Lyndal Roper

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the start of Reformation in Augsburg. Augsburg was one of the largest and most powerful of the southern German cities with a population of over 30,000. During the eve of the Reformation, Augsburg dominated the surrounding region including Strasbourg and Nuremberg. Augsburg acted as a magnet of employment for serving-women and young men and as a market for peasant produce. Later in 1518, Luther visited the city and this started the increasing interest in the ideas of Luther. Evangelical preaching gradually gained more supporters for the reform movement. These men who were pro-Reformation were a mixture of evangelical guildsmen, day-labourers, and poor weavers. These people gathered every week on the city square to listen to the sermon of evangelical monks such as Schilling.

Keywords:   employment, serving-women, market, Augsburg, Luther, evangelical preaching, Reformation, guildsmen, day-labourers, Schilling

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