Reformation Sources: The Letters of Wolfgang Capito and His Fellow Reformers in Alsace and Switzerland

Edited by Erika Rummel and Milton Kooistra - ES10

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Erika Rummel is Professor Emeritus of History at Wilfrid Laurier University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Humanist-Scholastic Debate in the Renaissance and Reformation (1995), The Confessionalization of Humanism in Reformation Germany (2000), and Erasmus (2004) and is the editor of The Correspondence of Wolfgang Capito (Volume 1, 2005).

Milton Kooistra is a research assistant on the Capito Project and collaborator on the first volume of The Correspondence of Wolfgang Capito (2005). He is a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. His thesis examines the rhetoric and purposes of letters of recommendation in sixteenth-century Germany.

252 pp. 
ISBN: 978-0-7727-2032-0 softcover
Published: 2007


“Except perhaps for Wittenberg, no place in the German Empire played a greater role in the early Reformation than the free imperial city of Strasbourg. This volume presents the results of a workshop on the correspondence of a major figure in the Strasbourg Reformation, Wolfgang Capito. The collection includes interpretive essays, text editions of two of Capito’s works, and documents of a lawsuit that affected his establishment in the city, as well as studies of the problems of producing modern editions of Capito and his contemporaries Erasmus, Bucer, Bullinger, and Beza. Readers will find fresh insights into the intellectual, religious, and political world of southwestern Germany in the early sixteenth century.” Charles G. Nauert, University of Missouri, Columbia

The Sixteenth Century Journal, 40:2 (Summer 2009), pp. 520-521. Reviewed by Susan R. Boettcher. (Hard copy available at CRRS.)

Renaissance Quarterly, 61:3 (Fall 2008), pp. 939-940. Reviewed by R. Gerald Hobbs.

The Journal of Theological Studies, 59:1 (April 2008), pp. 397-398. Reviewed by Charlotte Methuen.

Canadian Journal of History, 43:1 (Spring-Summer 2008), pp. 32-34. Reviewed by Peter G. Bietenholz.




Erika Rummel and Milton Kooistra, Introduction

Part I: Historical Context
1. James S. Hirstein, “Wolfgang Capito and the Other Docti in Johann Froben’s Basel Print Shop”
2. Erika Rummel, “Capito and the Provostship of St. Thomas in Strasbourg”
3. Thomas A. Brady, Jr., “Reformers and Magistrates in Reformation Strasbourg: The Milieu of Wolfgang Capito. Re-Writing the Urban Reformation”

Part II: Problems of Editing Texts
4. Johannes Trapman, “Editing the Works of Erasmus: Some Observations on the Amsterdam Edition (ASD)”
5. Reinhold Friedrich, “Editing the Correspondence of Martin Bucer: Paleographical Problems”
6. Wolfgang Simon, “Editing the Correspondence of Martin Bucer: Chronological Aspects”
7. Alexandra Kess, “Heinrich Bullinger’s Correspondence: A Bright Insight into a Long Story”
8. Irena Backus (with the assistance of Hervé Genton and Béatrice Nicollier), “The Edition of the Correspondence of Theodore Beza (1519-1605)”

Part III: Source Texts
9. Gavin Hammel, “Capito’s Litigation for the Provostship of St. Thomas in Strasbourg: Six Documents”
10. Brent Miles, “Wolfgang Capito’s Warning of the ministers of the Word and the brethren at Strasbourg to the brethren of the regions and cities of the [Swiss] Confederation against the blasphemous disputation of Brother Konrad, provincial of the Augustinian Order
11. Milton Kooistra, “Capito’s Concerning Three Strasbourg Priests and the Removal of the Goods from the Church (1525)”

Index of Names and Places