Randolph C. Head, Ph.D. (1992), University of Virginia, is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside. His research on institutional culture in early modern Switzerland includes Early Modern Democracy in the Grisons (1995) and articles in major journals.
Daniel Christensen, Ph.D. (2004), University of California, Riverside, is Assistant Professor of History at Biola University. His research interests include the politics of epidemic disease in early modern Germany and the interplay of Christianity and politics in post-Reformation Germany.
Designed for an interdisciplinary audience interested in early modern cultural and intellectual history, the history of Germany, and issues of authority and knowledge in early modern culture.
"Covering topics such as religious tolerance, historical paintings, the myths of Swiss identity, understanding of fatherland, and even silence, the (...) essays in this work takes the range of what comprises knowledge and orthodoxy seriously and with fascinating results. The book itself is beautifully presented (... and) brings together the work of European and North American scholars and includes essays from senior German-speaking scholars whose work have rarely appeared in English."
Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer, Renaissance Quarterly (2008) 589-590.
"It is difficult to single out particular essays for special praise since they are all very good."
Amy Nelson Burnett, Sixteenth Century Journal 40:4 (2009) 1208-1209.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
1. Orthodoxies and heterodoxies in the early modern German experience, Randolph C. Head & Daniel Christensen
PART I. EPISTEMOLOGIES
2. From the history of religions to the history of 'religion': the late Reformation and the challenge to sui generis religion, Nathan Baruch Rein
3. Orthodoxy and variation: The role of adiaphorism in early modern Protestantism, Markus Friedrich
4. Dreams, standards of knowledge and orthodoxy in Germany in the sixteenth century, Claire Gantet
PART II. PRACTICES
5. Religious, confessional and cultural conflicts among neighbors: Observations on the sixteenth- and seventeenth Centuries, Thomas Kaufmann
6. Editing Italian music for Lutheran Germany, Susan Lewis Hammond
7. God's plan for the Swiss Confederation: Heinrich Bullinger, Jakob Ruf and their uses of historical myth in Reformation Zurich, Hildegard Elisabeth Keller
8. Why did seventeenth-century estates address the jurisdictions of their princes as fatherlands? War, territorial absolutism and duties to the fatherland in seventeenth-century German political discourse, Robert von Friedeburg
PART III. LIMITATIONS
9. The exemplary painting of Hans Burgkmair the Elder: History at the Munich court of Wilhelm IV, Ashley West
10. 'Von dem am Königl. Preußischen Hofe abgeschafften Ceremoniel': Monarchical representation and court ceremony in Frederick William I's Prussia, Benjamin Marschke
11. Ambiguities of silence: The provocation of the void for Baroque culture, Claudia Benthien