In the 16th century, high taxes and fears of apocalypse went hand in hand, and from the fairly common practice of calling for church reform emerged a series of movements which have become known as the capital-R Reformation. This week we’ll be discussing insults to the Pope, the problem of identifying Lutherans, and how civic and ecclesiastical leaders accidentally created an agreement that was called the most important event in the history of the world.
Michael G. Baylor, The German Reformation and the Peasants' War: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2012.
Rebecca Wagner Oettinger, "Song and Sanctity: The Struggle for Ownership of Devotional Music," in Music as Propaganda in the German Reformation, 51-88. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.
Merry E. Wiesner, "Beyond Women and the Family: Towards a Gender Analysis of the Reformation." Sixteenth Century Journal 18 (1987): 311-321.
Lutheran Insulter: http://ergofabulous.org/luther/.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)