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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2005

HIS 343 • The Age of Reformation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38560 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 3.122
Boettcher, S

Course Description

This course focuses on the religious, cultural and intellectual history of Europe from approximately 1450 to 1650, a period which spelled an end to the illusory vision of a unified Christian Europe. Economic and political developments will be discussed as they relate to the primary focus of religious transformation in Europe. We will examine pre-Reformation piety, humanism, the question of the prevalence of ecclesiastical abuses, the indulgence crisis, the content and alleged novelty of the new theology, the urban reformation, popular religion, social disciplining, the acquisition of religious identity, treatment of minority confessions and religions, confessional consolidation, and the reasons for the emergence of religious tolerance. Emphasis is on Western Europe (England, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland) but some discussion will be devoted to other areas as well. Particular attention will be paid to how the Reformation impacted worship and church life. Familiarity with the general features of European history in the period (as provided in History 309K or 309L) is assumed.

Grad students should register for HIS 382T and plan to attend a weekly historiography discussion.

Grading Policy

2-3 exams and 1 long research paper on a primary source to be decided.


David Blamires, ed., The Book of the Perfect Life Martin Luther, Three Treatises Desiderius Erasmus, selections from In Praise of Folly and Julius Exclusus Robert Kingdon, Adultery & Divorce in Calvins Geneva Olin, ed. A Reformation Debate Misc. additional readings from Internet and electronic reserves Steven Ozment, The Age of Reform Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History John Calvin, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will


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