Religion, Government and Poltical Culture in Early Modern by Johannes C. Wolfart

By Johannes C. Wolfart

This tale of clash in an island neighborhood deals a priceless case learn for the research of early sleek German political tradition. Investigations variety from interpersonal kin to dynamics of civic church and imperial govt. Chronicled all through are the interactions of 2 opposing ideas in smooth society, secular and religious, and private and non-private. those are discovered to function either discursively and institutionally, and are deployed to aid proven sovereign authority (Obrigkeit ) in addition to to articulate resistance within the type of bourgeois republican ideology.

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More prosaically, Lindauers’ resistance was probably also driven by a desire to combat what had become habitual ‘levies by law’. In any case, in the course of the sixteenth century people had indeed become more sensitive to the fact that abuse of the legal system above all constituted a miscarriage of justice. Even if there was no popular objection to the principle of a punishment that did not fit the crime but was, rather, tailored to suit the pocket of the criminal, the marriage of the law and government smacked of lordship, which was historically evocative and ideologically volatile in the bourgeois republican context.

62 There was an inherent problem in the fact that secrecy (or at least discretion) is the defining feature of a Privy Council, yet the political culture of Lindau, with its bourgeois republican ideology, determined a general meaning which, in its most highly articulated form, saw concealment as a vice. At the most fundamental level, moreover, it was an object of unspecified but immeasurably potent unease and tension: the occasion, The ‘Hows’ and ‘Whys’ Considered: Then and Now 27 potentially, of an uprising.

This incident appears in several other documents and was probably of considerable symbolic significance for at least two reasons. 54 Since in Lindau part of all post-Reformation ministerial salaries was paid in wine, it continued to play an important role in the relationship between magistracy and clergy. Neukomm’s defiance of the Council prohibition drew attention to the unresolved issues of ‘administration of religion’ and the question of the relationship of secular and spiritual worlds and authorities.

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