Wrestling with the Reformation in Augsburg

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This “Reacting to the Past” game brings you right into the place where difficult religious, political, social and economic decisions were made: the City Council of Augsburg, a free imperial city caught between the demands of the people for thorough religious reform and the will of a Roman Holy Roman Emperor who intended to quash dangerous dissent.

As a member of the City Council of Augsburg in 1531, you will have to balance the competing demands of the citizens and the Emperor, while considering the implications of various Reformed positions for the city’s military defense, economic growth, and spiritual purity.  Should you adopt the Augsburg Confession, a statement of principles presented during the 1530 Augsburg Reichstag by Martin Luther’s colleagues from Wittenberg? Or join the four “Tetrapolitan” cities that offered an alternate vision of reform influenced by Ulrich Zwingli? Or perhaps you should you support the Confutatio Pontificia, the strong rebuttal to the Augsburg Confession written by representatives of the Pope in Rome and endorsed by the Emperor? Decisions about religious practices in Augsburg could provoke a riot from reform-minded citizens or cause Emperor Charles V to make good on his promise to invade the city and revoke its independent charter. In this volatile environment, Augsburg needs allies, but alliances are dependent on the type of reform Augsburg chooses. As does Augsburg’s ability to feed its poor, protect its rapid proto-capitalist economic growth, and deal with the problem of Anabaptists infiltrating the community. The salvation of souls and Augsburg’s very survival are at stake.

About the Author:

Emily Fisher Gray is an Associate Professor of History at Norwich University and an expert in early modern German and Reformation history. She has written extensively on sixteenth- and seventeenth century Augsburg, Lutheran architecture, and Lutheran-Catholic relations.