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Debating the SacramentsPrint and Authority in the Early Reformation$
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Amy Nelson Burnett

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190921187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190921187.001.0001

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Contours of the Printed Debate

Contours of the Printed Debate

(p.25) 2 Contours of the Printed Debate
Debating the Sacraments

Amy Nelson Burnett

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes 372 titles, in 905 imprints, concerning the Lord’s Supper printed between 1525 and 1529. The largest number were printed in the opening years of the Eucharistic controversy. The Wittenberg party published well over half of the total and more than twice as many imprints as the sacramentarians. Luther was by far the most important contributor owing to the frequent reprinting of his works, although only about a third of these were direct contributions to the controversy. Catholics defended the mass against the Wittenbergers and asserted Christ’s true presence against the sacramentarians. A significant proportion of the publications were exchanges between two individuals as a form of public debate. While sacramentarians wrote for the highly literate, pro-Wittenbergers used genres most effective for reaching the illiterate: sermons, catechisms, and liturgies.

Keywords:   Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, printing, treatise, Martin Luther

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