David Mayes, Ph.D. (2002), Early Modern European History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. He has published articles in The Sixteenth Century Journal and Zeitschrift des Vereins für Hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde.
Students and scholars interested in Early Modern European history, German history, the Reformation era, peasant political culture, the history of Christianity and of popular religion, and the history of Protestant confessions.
'...Mayes work illuminates the considerable capability and versatility of early modern German rural communities in navigating their way amid larger political and religious forces, and it contributes to a growing literature that attempts to take adequate account of rural as well as urban communities in describing early modern religion.'
Christopher Boyd Brown, American Historical Review, 2005.
‘Mayes has put together an interesting, if not compelling thesis, one which poses a substantial challenge to the standard version of confessionalization. The most valuable aspect, to my mind, lies in the approach to post-Westphalian Germany. It is here, more than anywhere else, where the author succeeds in his goal of finding a way out of a "now-petrified narrative" of confessional history. For this, despite its weaknesses, the book merits serious consideration.’
William Bradford Smith, Oglethorp University, Sixteenth Century Journal
Table of contents
Introduction: Toward a New Paradigm for Religion in Early Modern Rural Germany
PART I. THE AGE OF COMMUNAL CHRISTIANITY IN RURAL UPPER HESSE, CA. 1550-1648
1. Communal Christianity: The Aconfessional Livelihood of Religion in Rural Upper Hesse
2. Communal Christianity Continues amid a Lutheran Confessionalization, 1576-1604
3. Communal Christianity Thrives amid a Calvinist Confessionalization, 1605-1624
4. Communal Christianity Abides amid a Second Lutheran Confessionalization and the War Years, 1624-1648
PART II. COMMUNAL CHRISTIANITY LOST IN THE WAKE OF COMMUNAL CONFESSIONALIZATION, 1648-1730
5. The Origins and Development of a Confessionalized Culture in Rural Upper Hesse, 1648-1677
6. The Spread and Ramifications of Communal Confessionalization, 1677-1730