The Sixteenth Century Pamphlets Online / Flugschriften Online series contains some 11,000 German and Latin pamphlets printed in the Holy Roman Empire.
The pamphlets from 1501-1530 are primarily concerned with the early Reformation movement and its propaganda, the Peasants' War, the threat presented by the Turks, and the various conflicts among the Western European countries.
The pamphlets from 1531-1600 deal with a broad spectrum of themes, such as the Turkish wars, the revolt of the Netherlands, the persecution of French protestants, the status of Calvinists and Zwinglians in the Holy Roman Empire, the Council of Trent, the Anabaptist Kingdom of Münster, the Schmalkaldic War and the Interim, propaganda against the papacy and the Jesuits, intra-Protestant theological quarrels, the building of confessional networks, witch-hunting, and anti-Jewish polemics.
Editors: Hans-Joachim Köhler, Hildegard Hebenstreit-Wilfert, Christoph Weismann
“The German and Latin Flugschriften collection has since the 1970s become the most important body of sources for the study of the Reformation in the German-speaking world. Its publication made possible, at last, the study of the common people's responses to the movements of the time. To have this great collection even more accessible in the new Brill database is a very great step forward for the field.” Thomas A. Brady Jr., University of California, Berkeley
“This project is a milestone of digital publishing for the early modern period. Its timing is perfect, as historians are beginning to be much more aware of the power of images not just to reflect but create realities. Visual practises and intermediality are key themes for our understanding of this period as for our own. Flugschriften are part of the revolution in communication and shaped Western European societies in a crucial period of political, social and religious change.” Ulinka Rublack, University of Cambridge