Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xii

This book may never have reached completion without encouragement, support, and not- so- gentle prodding from a number of people. I would like to show my appreciation to all of them. As a dissertation, my first attempt to make sense of the unruly contents of my research was indebted to my amazing...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

On the eve of August 14, 1658, in one of Augsburg’s many taverns, a Lutheran man known in the official record simply as Knapp began singing Psalm 25 to a confessionally mixed group of customers. A decade following the end of the Thirty Years’ War and the implementation of the Peace...

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1. Mapping the Religious Landscape 1648 and Confessional Geography

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pp. 21-52

Among the rival theological camps that formed during the “Luther Affair,” distinctions between the “old faith” of the Roman Catholic Church and the “new learning” of the evangelical reformers centered on theological disputes over doctrines, ritual practices, and ecclesiastical institutions...

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2. Navigating between Confessions Migration and Displacement

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pp. 53-81

How did converts cross the confessional boundaries laid down by the Peace of Westphalia and move across early modern Germany’s religious and political landscape? From the initial decision to change one’s confessional affiliation to the moment of successful reintegration into a new...

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3. Losing Faith Doubt and Dissent

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pp. 82-116

If one aim of the Peace of Westphalia was to minimize the threat posed by religious pluralism within the Holy Roman Empire by imposing stable confessional boundaries, then the converts who transgressed those boundaries revealed Germany’s confessional map for what it was: a religiously...

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4. Transgressing Jurisdictions Disobedience and Disloyalty

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pp. 117-144

This chapter examines how secular magistrates perceived, regulated, and managed those disobedient subjects who abandoned their religious loyalties to their local community. Conversion undermined the convert’s position within the local web of political relations and hierarchies in both...

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5. Breaking the Ties That Bind Family and Community

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pp. 145-177

Like the previous chapter, this one explores the transgressive quality of religious conversion within Christian communities of the Holy Roman Empire, focusing specifically on family and kinship. Conversion’s disruptive effects on familial relationships deserve special attention because they occupy...

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6. Starting Over: Relocation and Reincorporation

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pp. 178-226

Conversion afforded early modern Christians an opportunity to alter their affiliations, relationships, and identities, and hence break from fixed, normative religious expectations and social positions. It offered a flexible narrative structure that let converts explain, justify, and come to terms...

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Epilogue

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pp. 227-244

This book has charted the twists and turns along the winding paths that converts took in their journey from one confessional community to another in southern Germany during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As converts wandered across the countryside from town to...

Notes

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pp. 245-284

Bibliography

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pp. 285-300

Index

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pp. 301-313

Further Reading

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