Synopses & Reviews
This book is based on a series of episodes from village or small town life in the duchy of WÜrttemberg in southwest Germany between 1580 and 1800, in which state authorities conducted a special investigation into local events. The cases and characters involved include peasants' refusal to celebrate church rituals; a self-proclaimed prophet who encountered an angel in his vineyard; a thirteen-year-old-witch; a paranoid pastor; a murder; and live burial of a village bull.
Reassesses peasant society and popular culture in early modern Europe. The book explores the relationship of state, people, church and ideology based on episodes from village life in Wurttemberg, Germany, from 1580 to 1800. These range from the burial of a live bull to a 13-year-old witch.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 214-237) and indexes.
Table of Contents
Illustrations; Preface; Introduction; 1. Communion and community; 2. A prophet in the Thirty Years' War; 3. The sacred bond of unity; 4. Blasphemy, adultery and persecution; 5. The conscience of the poor; 6. The sins of belief; Conclusion; Notes; Glossary; General index; Index of places.