“Einen Newen Reformatorem

Die Reformationsschauspiele von Martin Rinckart und die Reformpoetik von Martin Opitz

Dirk Rose

The essay focuses on the drama-pieces planned by Martin Rinckart to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Reformation in 1617. They are concentrated around Martin Luther as a “hero” for the protestant confession, like in Der Eißlebische Christliche Ritter where Luther figures as a warrior of true belief. Special attention is paid first to the relation between text and music with regard to the performances of the pieces; and second to the question why Rinckart has obviously realized only three of the seven planned pieces about the reformation and Luther. For answering, the essay argues that the reform in poetics and poetry initiated by Martin Opitz has challenged the poetical concept of Rinckart’s pieces in such a way that he was unable to continue them. Ironically, his most famous religious poem Nun danket alle Gott has been rescued out of the wreckage of his ambitious plan of a Luther-Heptalogy.

Wallensteins Tod in der Geschichtsschreibung

Die frühen Flugschriften und Schillers Geschichte des dreyßigjährigen Kriegs

Florian Krobb

This article investigates how contemporary news media, pamphlets and (slightly later) some more elaborate justificatory accounts of the events treated the death of Imperial Commander-in-Chief Wallenstein. The analysis of strategies of emplotment, structure and rhetorical devices of the relevant texts reveal how they all, regardless of the text’s position on either side of the religious and political divide, affirm the power of ‘history’ (fate, providence) to re-establish a balance that had previously been disturbed. A parallel analysis of Friedrich Schiller’s groundbreaking account of the Thirty Years War reveals how, 150 years later, the belief in the self-healing powers of history, the capacity of achieving its own equilibrium, still dominates his philosophy of history.

Angelika Kemper

play Saul , in return, contains a call to maintain traditional religious beliefs and to respect the priestly powers ( ii , 13; periocha ii , 6/7). The figure of the prophet Samuel, whose complaints about the rebellious new religion (“nova religio”) are full of barely concealed criticism, serves in

Women’s Networks of Knowledge

The Emblem Book as Stammbuch

Mara R. Wade

trust in God and be firm in belief. When Elisabeth signed Dorothea’s Stammbuch in 1623, she chose to sign on the same page as her brother-in-law Philipp Sigismund and to be associated with the same emblem as her sister Augusta. Her choice reflects a clear strategy to make dynastic relations visible

Boethius and No End in Sight

The Impact of De consolatione philosophiae on Early Modern German Literature from the Fifteenth through the Seventeenth Century: Andreas Gryphius and Johann Scheffler (Angelus Silesius)

Albrecht Classen

belief in gaining happiness through worldly properties, such as female beauty, which will certainly fade very quickly, as expressed by the image of the rose that will wither fast ( XX and XXI ). Most important and best known proves to be Gryphius’s “Trawrklage des verwuͤsteten Deutschlandes” ( XXVI

Persian Words of Wisdom Travel to the West

Seventeenth-Century European Translations of Saʿdi’s Gulistan

Elio Brancaforte

. Amsterdam 1654. 33 For an interpretation of the frontispiece to the Persianischer Rosenthal , see Brancaforte (fn. 28), pp. 78–102. 34 Olearius (fn. 31), fol. B3r. 35 “He was raised like his compatriots in the seductive belief of Mohammed and the sect of Ali … and sometimes talks of

Cosmic Dreams

Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Metaphor in Early-Modern Lunar Travel Narratives (Johannes Kepler, Somnium – Cyrano de Bergerac, Voyage dans la Lune – Athanasius Kircher, Iter exstaticum)

Christian Schneider

beliefs. Imagination also associates thought with free scientific speculation. This is expressed in note 116 to the Somnium , in which Kepler claims that “in a dream it is necessary to have the freedom sometimes to invent even that which was never perceived.” 33 Similarly, in Cyrano, the imaginative

From the Harz Mountains to the Atlantic and Back Again

Or: Johann Gottfried Schnabel’s Journalistic Efforts and his Wunderliche Fata einiger Seefahrer (Insel Felsenburg)

Matthias Meyer

, with its growing economic importance, agricultural success, and so on. There are other items that link emigration to religious belief, which also ties in with Insel Felsenburg. The first two books consist mostly of novelistic biographical tales about those who arrived at this paradisiacal island

Oehme Annegret

how the individual can face a world that has become more and more unreliable. Both the unknown author and Spinoza draw on prior and contemporaneous philosophical movements and beliefs, many of which will later become part of the Enlightenment. 4 Spinoza reconstructed a whole system of thought by


Fabian Völker

: „ Prapañca then is the activity of consciousness that leads us to the belief that we are isolated beings at large in an extended world of plurality. […]. In other words, because of prapañca categories such as self, other, being, non-being, nirvāṇa , saṃsāra , subject, object, etc. arise.“ Harris, Ian