By Alexandra Kess

one of many significant demanding situations confronted by way of the emergent Protestant religion used to be the best way to determine itself in a hitherto Catholic international. A key manner it chanced on to accomplish this used to be to create a standard identification in the course of the fashioning of historical past, emphasising Protestantism's legitimacy and authority. during this learn, the existence and works of 1 of the earliest and such a lot influential Protestant historians, Johann Sleidan (1506-1556) are explored to bare how background might be used to consolidate the hot confession and the states which followed it. Sleidan was once commissioned by means of major intellectuals from the Schmalkadic League to put in writing the reputable background of the German Protestant move, leading to the ebook in 1555 of De statu religionis et reipublicae, Carolo Quinto, Caesare, Commentarii. in a single day his paintings turned the normal account of the early Reformation, referenced by means of Catholics and Protestants alike in next histories and polemical debates for the following 3 centuries. supplying the 1st finished account of Sleidan's lifestyles, established virtually fullyyt on basic resources, this publication deals a powerful heritage and context for his writings. It additionally exhibits how Sleidan's political function as a diplomat impacted on his paintings as a historian, and the way in flip his enormous paintings inspired political debate in France and Germany. As a average who sought to advertise lodging among the rival confessions, Sleidan offers a desirable topic of analysis for contemporary historians looking to larger comprehend the advanced and multi-faceted nature of the early Reformation.

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