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Author Ocker, Christopher.

Title Church robbers and reformers in Germany, 1525-1547 : confiscation and religious purpose in the Holy Roman Empire / by Christopher Ocker
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 338 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions, 1573-4188 ; v. 114
Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions ; v. 114. 1573-4188
Contents Church property -- Church robbers -- The League of Schmalkalden and the Imperial Chamber Court -- Theological advice -- Toward a common position -- The Schmalkald recommendation of 1540 -- The colloquies, the war, and the peace -- Dominions -- Prospect/Retrospect
Summary This is a study of the religious controversy that broke out with Martin Luther, from the vantage of church property. The controversy eventually produced a Holy Roman Empire of two churches. This is not an economic history. Rather, the book shows how acceptance of confiscation was won, and how theological advice was essential to the success of what is sometimes called a crucial if early stage of confessional state-building. It reviews the character of sacred property in the late Middle Ages, surveys confiscations in Reformation Germany on illustrative examples, summarizes the League of Schmalkalden's defense of confiscations, systematically studies theological memoranda that shaped a common policy in the League, and shows the role of that common position in religious politics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-329) and index
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Subject Luther, Martin, 1483-1546. Schmalkaldischen Artikel.
Church property.
Holy Roman Empire -- Church history -- 16th century.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006043917
ISBN 1281399604
9047409981 (electronic bk.)
9789047409984 (electronic bk.)