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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 Politics of Sin

The Politics of Sin

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The Holy Household

Lyndal Roper

Oxford University Press

This chapter further explores the development of the Reformation in Augsburg particularly on politics. One of the most important developments was the passage of the Discipline Ordinance of 1537. This transformed the codification of a new psychology of sin and a distinctive language of crime. Moreover, this marked a transfer of control over marriage and morals from the Church to the civic Council. Also, this new code articulated the ideal differences between men and women in terms of duties, work responsibilities, and psychologies. This new definition of sexual differences created a new rhetoric of paternal moralism, which resulted in a new understanding of paternal power in the political sphere.

Keywords:   politics, Augsburg, Discipline Ordinance of 1537, sin, crime, marriage, morals, paternal moralism, Reformation

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