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Hometown Religion
Hometown Religion

Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia

Luebke, David M.

The pluralization of Christian religion was the defining fact of cultural life in sixteenth-century Europe. Everywhere they took root, ideas of evangelical reform disturbed the...


A German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlantic Slave Trade
A German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlantic Slave Trade

The Seventeenth-Century Journal of Johann Peter Oettinger

Oettinger, Johann Peter

As he traveled across Germany and the Netherlands and sailed on Dutch and Brandenburg slave ships to the Caribbean and Africa from 1682 to 1696, the young German barber-surgeon...


Bacchus and Civic Order
Bacchus and Civic Order

The Culture of Drink in Early Modern Germany

Tlusty, B. Ann

Lining the streets inside the city's gates, clustered in its center, and thinly scattered among its back quarters were Augsburg's taverns and drinking rooms. These institutions...


The Executioner's Journal
The Executioner's Journal

Meister Frantz Schmidt of the Imperial City of Nuremberg

During a career lasting nearly half a century, Meister Frantz Schmidt (1554-1634) personally put to death 392 individuals and tortured, flogged, or disfigured hundreds more....


Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal
Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal

A New View of German History

Blickle, Peter

Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal is a concise book, brimming with smart ideas and important, little-known information. It lays to rest the notion that ordinary people...


Cautio Criminalis, or a Book on Witch Trials
Cautio Criminalis, or a Book on Witch Trials
Spee, Friedrich

In 1631, at the epicenter of the worst excesses of the European witch-hunts, Friedrich Spee, a Jesuit priest, published the Cautio Criminalis, a book speaking out against the...


The Devil's Art
The Devil's Art

Divination and Discipline in Early Modern Germany

Coy, Jason P.

In early modern Germany, soothsayers known as wise women and men roamed the countryside. Fixtures of village life, they identified thieves and witches, read palms, and cast...


Mad Princes of Renaissance Germany
Mad Princes of Renaissance Germany
Midelfort, H. C. Erik

During the sixteenth century close to thirty German dukes, landgraves, and counts, plus one Holy Roman emperor, were known as mad- so mentally disordered that serious steps had...


Lost Worlds
Lost Worlds

How Our European Ancestors Coped with Everyday Life and Why Life Is So Hard Today

Imhof, Arthur E.

Publication of Lost Worlds introduces to English-speaking readers one of the most original and engaging historians in Germany today. Known for his work in historical demography...


Crossing the Boundaries of Belief
Crossing the Boundaries of Belief

Geographies of Religious Conversion in Southern Germany, 1648-1800

Corpis, Duane J.

In early modern Germany, religious conversion was a profoundly social and political phenomenon rather than purely an act of private conscience. Because social norms and legal...


The Fuggers of Augsburg
The Fuggers of Augsburg

Pursuing Wealth and Honor in Renaissance Germany

Häberlein, Mark

As the wealthiest German merchant family of the sixteenth century, the Fuggers have attracted wide scholarly attention. In contrast to the other famous merchant family of the...


Crime and Culture in Early Modern Germany
Crime and Culture in Early Modern Germany
Wiltenburg, Joy

With the growth of printing in early modern Germany, crime quickly became a subject of wide public discourse. Sensational crime reports, often featuring multiple murders within...


The German Discovery of the World
The German Discovery of the World

Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous

Johnson, Christine R.

Current historiography suggests that European nations regarded the New World as an inassimilable "other" that posed fundamental challenges to the accepted ideas of Renaissance...


"Evil People"
"Evil People"

A Comparative Study of Witch Hunts in Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier

Dillinger, Johannes

Inspired by recent efforts to understand the dynamics of the early modern witch hunt, Johannes Dillinger has produced a powerful synthesis based on careful comparisons....


Shaman of Oberstdorf
Shaman of Oberstdorf

Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the Phantoms of the Night

Behringer, Wolfgang

Shaman of Oberstdorf tells the fascinating story of a sixteenth-century mountain village caught in a panic of its own making. Four hundred years ago the Bavarian alpine...


Four Fools in the Age of Reason
Four Fools in the Age of Reason

Laughter, Cruelty, and Power in Early Modern Germany

Outram, Dorinda

Unveiling the nearly lost world of the court fools of eighteenth-century Germany, Dorinda Outram shows that laughter was an essential instrument of power. Whether jovial or...


Witchcraft and the Papacy
Witchcraft and the Papacy

An Account Drawing on the Formerly Secret Records of the Roman Inquisition

Decker, Rainer

When Rainer Decker was researching a sensational seventeenth-century German witchcraft trial, he discovered, much to his surprise, that in this case the papacy functioned as a...


Furnace and Fugue
Furnace and Fugue

A Digital Edition of Michael Maier's "Atalanta fugiens" (1618) with Scholarly Commentary

Nummedal, Tara, Bilak, Donna

An Innovative New Open-Access Resource

In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens,...


Enlightenment Underground
Enlightenment Underground

Radical Germany, 1680-1720

Mulsow, Martin

Online supplement, "Mulsow: Additions to Notes drawn from the 2002 edition of Moderne aus dem Untergrund": full versions of nearly 300 notes that were...