A Sourcebook of Early Modern European History not only provides instructors with primary sources of a manageable length and translated into English, it also offers students a concise explanation of their context and meaning.

By covering different areas of early modern life through the lens of contemporaries’ experiences, this book serves as an introduction to the early modern European world in a way that a narrative history of the period cannot. It is divided into six subject areas, each comprising between twelve and fourteen explicated sources: I. The fabric of communities: Social interaction and social control; II. Social spaces: Experiencing and negotiating encounters; III. Propriety, legitimacy, fi delity: Gender, marriage, and the family; IV. Expressions of faith: Offi cial and popular religion; V. Realms intertwined: Religion and politics; and, VI. Defining the religious other: Identities and conflicts.

Spanning the period from c. 1450 to c. 1750 and including primary sources from across early modern Europe, from Spain to Transylvania, Italy to Iceland, and the European colonies, this book provides an excellent sense of the diversity and complexity of human experience during this time whilst drawing attention to key themes and events of the period. It is ideal for students of early modern history, and of early modern Europe in particular.

chapter |19 pages

General introduction

ByUte Lotz-Heumann

part I|40 pages

The fabric of communities: Social interaction and social control

chapter 8|3 pages

Canterbury, 1560: Slander and social order in an early modern town

ByCatherine Richardson

chapter 10|3 pages

Regulating day laborers’ wages in sixteenth-century Zwickau 1

BySiegfried Hoyer

chapter 11|2 pages

Ore Mountain miners stage a social protest in 1719 1

ByHelmut Bräuer

part II|44 pages

Social spaces: Experiencing and negotiating encounters

chapter 14|3 pages

The constitutional treaty of a German city: Strasbourg, 1482

ByThomas A. Brady

chapter 15|3 pages

Contested spaces: Bishop and city in late fifteenth-century Augsburg

ByJ. Jeffery Tyler

chapter 16|3 pages

Uproar in Antwerp, 1522

ByVictoria Christman

chapter 17|3 pages

“We want the friar!” A civic uprising in Augsburg in 1524

ByJoel van Amberg

chapter 19|3 pages

Castres, 1561: A town erupts into religious violence

ByBarbara B. Diefendorf

chapter 20|3 pages

Swiss towns put on a play: Urban space as stage in the sixteenth century

ByKaspar von Greyerz

chapter 21|3 pages

Smoke, sound, and murder in sixteenth-century Paris 1

ByAlan E. Bernstein

chapter 23|3 pages

Taking control of village religion: Wendelstein in Franconia, 1524

ByKatherine G. Brady, Thomas A. Brady

chapter 24|3 pages

A Swiss village’s religious settlement: Zizers in Graubünden, 1616

ByRandolph C. Head

part III|44 pages

Propriety, legitimacy, fidelity: Gender, marriage, and the family

chapter 28|3 pages

“O abomination!” A sixteenth-century sermon against adultery

ByCurt Bostick

chapter 29|3 pages

Hans Gallmeyer: Seduction, bigamy, and forgery in an Augsburg workshop in 1565

ByMarjorie Elizabeth Plummer

chapter 30|3 pages

Professor Bryson’s unfortunate engagement, Geneva, 1582

ByKarin Maag

chapter 32|3 pages

Defining a new profession: Ordinance regulating midwives, Nuremberg, 1522

ByMerry E. Wiesner-Hanks

chapter 35|3 pages

Piedmont, 1712: Son forced into monastery by his father manages to get out

ByAnne Jacobson Schutte

part IV|50 pages

Expressions of faith: Official and popular religion

chapter 38|3 pages

Reformation by accident? Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses of 1517

ByScott H. Hendrix

chapter 39|3 pages

Thomas Müntzer: A radical alternative 1

ByGünter Vogler

chapter 40|3 pages

Holy Scripture alone: Philip Melanchthon and academic theology 1

ByNicole Kuropka

chapter 42|3 pages

How to organize a church: John a Lasco on the election of ministers, 1555

ByMichael S. Springer

chapter 43|4 pages

What is a good death? Barbara Dürer, 1514

ByHelmut Puff

chapter 44|3 pages

A funeral sermon for Christian Röhrscheidt, law student in Leipzig, 1627

ByCornelia Niekus Moore

chapter 45|3 pages

Pilsen, 1503: A wonderful apparition

ByKathryn A. Edwards

chapter 46|3 pages

Hornhausen: A Protestant miracle well in seventeenth-century Germany

ByUte Lotz-Heumann

chapter 47|3 pages

Gent, 1658: The miracle of the breast milk – or perhaps not

ByCraig Harline

chapter 50|5 pages

Picturing witchcraft in late seventeenth-century Germany

ByCharles Zika

chapter 51|3 pages

Loftur the Sorcerer and clerical magic in eighteenth-century Iceland

ByThomas B. de Mayo

part V|48 pages

Realms intertwined: Religion and politics

chapter 52|3 pages

Martin Luther defies Frederick the Wise: A letter from Borna, 1522

ByHeinz Schilling

chapter 53|3 pages

Philip Melanchthon justifies magisterial reform, 1539

ByJames M. Estes

chapter 55|3 pages

6 July 1535 – interpreting Thomas More’s last words: God or king?

ByMarjory E. Lange

chapter 56|3 pages

Mansfeld, 1554: Follow-up to an ecclesiastical visitation

ByRobert Christman

chapter 58|3 pages

Ministers and magistrates: The excommunication debate in Lausanne in 1558

ByMichael W. Bruening

chapter 60|4 pages

Advocating religious tolerance: A Nuremberg voice of 1530 1

ByBerndt Hamm

chapter 61|3 pages

Assuring civil rights for religious minorities in sixteenth-century France

ByRaymond A. Mentzer

chapter 62|3 pages

Turda, 1568: Tolerance Transylvanian style

ByGraeme Murdock

chapter 63|3 pages

Who suffered? A row in the Dublin Privy Council, 1605

ByUte Lotz-Heumann

chapter 65|3 pages

Dubrovnik: A Catholic state under the Ottoman sultan

ByJames D. Tracy

part VI|48 pages

Defining the religious other: Identities and conflicts

chapter 66|4 pages

The ‘red Jews’ and Protestant reformers

ByAndrew Colin Gow

chapter 67|3 pages

Debating the Reformation in Torgau, 1522

ByCraig Koslofsky

chapter 68|3 pages

A Freiburg citizen’s response to Luther in 1524

ByTom Scott

chapter |1 pages


ByUte Lotz-Heumann