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The Correspondence of Wolfgang Capito

The Correspondence of Wolfgang Capito: Volume 1: 1507-1523

Edited and translated by Erika Rummel
with the assistance of Milton Kooistra
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 240
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    The Correspondence of Wolfgang Capito
    Book Description:

    Wolfgang Capito (1478?1541) was one of the most important figures of the Reformation, a leading churchman who turned from Catholic to Protestant. A professor of theology and advisor to the Archbishop of Mainz, he moved to Strasbourg and worked for two decades toward the reformation of the city, which became, after Wittenberg, the most active centre of the Reformation movement.

    This volume ? the first of three ? is a fully annotated translation of Capito?s existing correspondence, covering the years 1507?1523. The letters reveal his dialogue with leading humanists and reformers, such as Erasmus and Luther (with whom Capito had a contentious relationship), and reflect the cultural and political milieu of the time. They also offer significant insights into the progress of the Reformation. Erika Rummel?s head- and footnotes provide historical context by identifying classical and biblical quotations as well as persons and places.

    The volume will aid historians of the Reformation by elucidating as yet imperfectly understood aspects of Capito?s thought, such as his efforts to promote concord between the reformers, his stand in the Eucharistic controversy, the nature and limitations of his tolerance toward Anabaptists, and his views on the relationship between secular and church governments.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8106-4
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-xii)
  4. Abbreviations and Short Titles
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xvii-2)

    Wolfgang Fabritius Capito (Köpfel) was a native of Haguenau near Strasbourg in Alsace. His father was a smith, as the middle name ‘Fabritius’ indicates, and a member of the respected guild of Constoflers. His date of birth, usually given as 1478, is unconfirmed. There is no information about his early schooling, but we know that he matriculated at the University of Ingolstadt in 1501. That would suggest a birth date in the 1480s, since most young men began university studies in their teens.¹ In 1504 Capito is listed in the records of the University of Heidelberg, but he moved to...

  6. LETTERS, 1507–1523
    (pp. 3-256)

    Here you have, most friendly reader, the theologian Conrad Summerhart’s learned commentaries on Albert.¹ They have been edited as fully as they could be edited on the basis of a corrupt copy and have been printed with amazing skill by the careful printer Heinrich Gran of Haguenau.² They have the savour of great craftsmanship and high culture, so that what has so far appeared rather obscurely in other books now is readily apparent and at your disposal and can be understood without a guide (though requiring frequent practice). Buy it quickly, read it attentively, for from these pages you will...

  7. Appendix
    (pp. 257-262)
    (pp. 263-268)
  9. Index of Persons and Places
    (pp. 269-285)