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Lecture and Seminar Programme

'Germany in the Age of the Reformation' is structured in four parts:

I. Germany on the Eve of the Reformation

II. Reformation Culture

III. Social Impact

IV. Legacies





Autumn Week 1

No meetings for Year 2 options yet - but this video message provides a brief introduction to the module.


Autumn Week 2

Seminar 1: Module introduction and organization

We have four seminar groups, one taught by Maria Tauber and the other three by Beat Kümin, all with identical materials & questions. Group 2 will be taught face-to-face, with the recommended Covid safety measures, in the timetabled slots and campus rooms in even weeks, while meetings in odd weeks will take place synchronously (at the same times) online via MS Teams. Groups 1, 3 & 4 will be taught online with the exception of F2F classes in weeks 8/10. For virtual sessions just accept the respective meeting invites or join via the appropriate group channel link below. The scheduled days / times are:

Group 1: Tuesdays, 11-12 (with Beat) - on Teams (weeks 2-5, 7, 9; channel); Oculus 1.04 (weeks 8, 10)
Group 2: Thursdays, 9-10 (with Maria) - Oculus 0.01 (weeks 2, 4, 8, 10); on Teams (weeks 3, 5, 7, 9; channel)
Group 3: Thursdays, 10-11 (with Beat) - on Teams (weeks 2-5, 7, 9; channel); Oculus 0.03 (weeks 8, 10)
Group 4: Thursdays 11-12 (with Beat) - on Teams (weeks 2-5, 7, 9; channel); Maths & Stats 0.1 (weeks 8, 10)

Online lecture materials for 'The political landscape of the Holy Roman Empire' (for seminar in week 3)
Part I: Introduction & Holy Roman Empire / Part II: Political Developments around 1500 / Lecture Handout
[NB: these powerpoint files are large and will take some time to download/open]
Due to the pandemic, there are no face-to-face lectures in the university this year; instead, 1-2 powerpoint files with relevant materials & narration plus a 'handout' will be posted on this webpage by the start of each week for asynchronous consultation before the resepective seminars. Please bring any questions & comments to our weekly sessions or raise them in your seminar tutor's office hours.

Autumn Week 3

Seminar 2: Politics and Tensions

This week all groups meet virtually on their respective Teams channels 1 2 3 4

Lecture: 'Socio-economic and cultural life in the late Middle Ages' (for seminar in week 4)
Segments: Part I: German Society, II: The Late Medieval Economy III. Cultural Life around 1500
Handout with key points & terms


Autumn Week 4

Lecture: The late medieval Church Part I: Organization, Theology & Activities (for seminar in week 5)
Handout with principal messages, terms and illustrations (2 pages)


Autumn Week 5

Lecture: Late medieval Church, Part II: Internal Challenges & Part III: External Challenges (for debate in week 7)
Handout with key messages / points, terms and figures (2 pages)


[Reading Week]


Autumn Week 7

Lecture: Martin Luther - a restless monk. Part I: Early Life, Part II: Theology, Part III: Facing the Challenges
Handout with lecture structure and extracts from sources (2 pages)

[Shorter assignment / book review due by the deadline specified on Tabula]




Autumn Week 8

Seminar 6: Luther - man & myth

Lecture: Reformation doctrines - Part I: Ideas, Part II: Impact
Handout with key points and names/terms


Autumn Week 9

Seminar 7: Luther's message

Lecture: Lutheran liturgy and rituals


Autumn Week 10

Lecture: Dissemination of Reformation ideas

Seminar 8: Communication and media

[Title / materials for extended essay to be discussed with tutor before the vacation or early in the Spring Term; there should be no 'significant' overlap with exam questions / long essay topics in any module]


Spring Week 11

Lecture: Doctrinal divisions

Seminar 9: The Reformed




Spring Week 12

Lecture-Workshop: Reformation writing - trends & resources

Seminar 10: Essay-writing


Spring Week 13

Lecture: Rural Reformation

Seminar 11: The Peasants' War

Spring Week 14

Lecture: Radical Reformation

Seminar 12: The Kingdom of Münster

Spring Week 15

Extended essay surgery


[Reading Week]


Spring Week 17

Lecture: Urban Reformation

Seminar 13: Deciding on faith in sixteenth-century cities

[Longer assignment / essay due by the deadline specified on Tabula]


Spring Week 18

Lecture: Gender roles

Seminar 14: Debate - was the Reformation 'good for women'?


Spring week 19

Lecture: The Princes' Reformation and their Clergy

Seminar 15: Institutionalizing the Reformation




Spring week 20

Lecture: Protestantism and other faiths

Seminar 16: Confessional identities

[Seminar contribution self-assessment due by the deadline specified on Tabula]

Summer Week 21

Lecture: Imperial Politics

Seminar 17: Charles V - a failure?


Summer Week 22

Lecture: Long-term effects
Seminar 18: Conclusion


Revision class: tba


[2 hour / 2 question 'take home' exam at a time & for the duration to be communicated by the department]



Model exam paper:

Recent model exam papers for this module can be found at:

Title Page of the Twelve Articles (1525)

Title page of the Twelve Articles by the Peasants of Upper Swabia (1525)
[Library of Congress]