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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Fall 2005

R S 344 • The Age of Reformation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43505 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
utc 3.122

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.

Grading Policy

2-3 exams and 1 longer paper


Martin Luther, Three Treatises Dennis Janz, A Reformation Reader Desiderius Erasmus, selections from In Praise of Folly and Julius Exclusus Robert Kingdon, Adultery & Divorce in Calvin's Geneva Ed Kingdon et al, The Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin Olin, ed. A Reformation Debate Eamon Duffy, The Voices of Morebath Misc. additional readings from Internet and electronic reserves Bible (Excerptsany version is OK) Euan Cameron, The European Reformation (suggested)


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