• Le choix de religion. Le rôle de l'autorité politique dans les disputes religieuses des années 1520

    Fabrice Fluckiger (see profile)
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    From 1523 to 1536, it was largely through religious disputes that the Reformation spread throughout the Holy Empire and the Swiss Confederation, particularly in cities and communes. Moving rapidly away from the model of the medieval academic disputatio, from which the first reformers had drawn their inspiration, these meetings became places of experimentation and validation of new forms of production of religious truth. One new aspect brought about by these meetings was the coming into play of political authorities as supreme arbiter of the religious conflict. The study of four representative disputes – Memmingen, Kaufbeuren (1525), Ilanz (1526) and Bern (1528) – sheds a new light on the key role of magistrates in the organization of disputes and on the importance of a close cooperation between city councils and reformers who knew that a victory in a dispute organized under the authority of the magistrate would allow them to turn their ideals into political realities. The four selected examples also show how magistrates used the disputes to assert their authority on religious matters at the expense of the Church, to legitimate their policy of restricting ecclesiastical privileges and to appear as those who guaranteed peace and the salvation of souls in the city.
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