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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 Holy Family

The Holy Family

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The Holy Household

Lyndal Roper

Oxford University Press

This chapter emphasizes the qualities and values that a family should practice to be holy. The Reformation era made a very big impact in Augsburg in terms of individual and collective moral behaviour. The Council encouraged every citizen of Augsburg to help make the city a city without sin. The Council believed that the social, economic, and moral order should become the pattern of all people from Augsburg, whatever their social status. The council even published a mandate intensifying sexual discipline, exhorting the citizens to a modest, God-fearing, and sober life, and calling for civic prayer. Moreover, the Council highlighted the importance of discipline and order as the defining characteristics of a pious household.

Keywords:   holy, moral behaviour, Reformation, sin, social status, sexual discipline, Augsburg, civic prayer, discipline, order

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