The Correspondence of Wolfgang Capito: Volume 3 (1532-1536)
Published: November 2015© 2015
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 546 Pages
Dimensions: 7.00 x 10.00
546 Pages, 7.00 x 10.00 x 1.50 in
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Wolfgang Capito (1478–1541), a leading Christian Hebraist and Catholic churchman who converted to Protestantism, was a pivotal figure in the history of the Reformation. After serving as a professor of theology in Basel and adviser to the archbishop of Mainz, he moved to Strasbourg, which became, largely due to his efforts, one of the most important centres of the Reformation movement after Wittenberg.
This penultimate volume in the series is a fully annotated translation of Capito’s existing correspondence covering the years 1532–36 and culminating in the Wittenberg Concord between the Lutheran and Reformed churches. The correspondence includes Capito’s efforts, alongside those of his colleague Martin Bucer, to negotiate that compromise. Other letters deal with local, political, financial, and doctrinal questions, as well as Capito’s personal life. The letters demonstrate the importance of Capito and his colleagues in providing advice in matters concerning the churches in southern Germany and Switzerland, but also regarding the evangelicals in neighbouring France.
Milton Kooistra’s annotation provides historical context by identifying classical, patristic, and biblical quotations as well as persons and places. Continuing in the tradition of rigorous scholarship established in Volume 1 and Volume 2, this volume provides crucial details on the evolution of Capito’s thought and its contribution to the Reformation movement.
Abbreviations and Short Titles
Table of Correspondents
“A singular service to scholars of both humanism and the Reformation.” Amy Nelson Burnett, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
“A brilliant achievement ... Readers of this volume will have the pleasure of engaging with one of the keenest minds in Reformation studies.” Laurel Carrington, Renaissance and Reformation
“A valuable source for students of the Renaissance and the early Reformation in the German Empire. Rummel’s translations are accurate, clear, and eminently readable.” Charles G. Nauert, Renaissance Quarterly
“Meticulously researched, edited, and contexualized.” Wladyslaw Roczniak, Neo-Latin News
“Any student of the Reformation, or indeed of the sixteenth century, will find much of interest here.” Andrew Pettegree, Catholic Historical Review
‘Erika Rummel and Milton Kooistra have done their usual excellent job of presenting smooth and lucid translations; the foot notes are concise and learned.’Andrew Pettegree, The Catholic Historical Review vol 102:04:2016
‘Capito project provides readers a unique insight into many of the great issues of the period… With this third volume the Capito project continues to pay great dividends to historians of the reformation era.’Andrew A. Chib, Sixteenth Century Journal
"This third volume of a projected four sets Capito among his contemporaries, and does so with the degree of detail and accuracy that we associate with Toronto editorial projects … Both for its value in providing unique detail to our knowledge of Capito’s work and as a resource for the study of Reformation-era religious thought, this volume, like its two predecessors, is indispensable. We await the fourth and final volume. "Ralph Keen, Renaissance Quarterly