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Dialogue and Disputation in the Zurich Reformation: Utz Eckstein’s «Concilium» and «Rychsztag»

Edition, Translation and Study

Nigel Harris and Joel, Rev. Love

This volume contains the first modern critical editions of Concilium (1525) and Rychsztag (1526), two vernacular verse dialogues by the Zurich-based Zwinglian author Utz Eckstein, together with translations of both into English prose. These works are of interest not just for their literary qualities (which differ markedly from those conventionally associated with ‘Reformation dialogues’), but also because of what they reveal about Zwingli’s theological and socio-political priorities in the mid-1520s. Along with many other aspects of the contemporary Swiss context, these features are examined in an introduction and in extensive elucidatory notes. An underlying thread of the authors’ interpretation is that, for all their evident desire to express and establish Evangelical perspectives, the Concilium and Rychsztag make imaginative and constructive use of specifically Swiss traditions of dialogue, which were expressed, for example, both in the consultative decision-making processes of rural communities and in the increasingly influential procedures of the formalized urban disputation.


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Edition and translationof the Rychsztag


Edition and translation of the Rychsztag Rychsztag [Air] Rychſztag. Der Edlen vnd Pauren (bricht vnd klag / zFridberg ghandlet auff dem Rychßtag. {Edlen {Iuncker Ludeman Pfefferſak Bottschafft der {Pauren {Hans Aygennutz {Gaiſtlichen. {Doctor Murnar. 5 Handlung. Es zimpt aim yeden Christenman Das er ain Oberkayt ſöll han Nach ordnung Gwallts ſol er Zinſen Weyn / Korn / Erbs / vnd Linſen 10 Iarzeyt gſetzt von freyer hand Zů geben kain Christ widerſtand. Utz Eckstein. [Aiv] Der Adel ab Hohenzorn. { Ludeman Pfäfferſack. 15 Iuncker { Hans Butz den winckel. { Rüdi Schütt den Bütel. { Claus durch den Buſch. 312 The Diet The Diet of noblemen and farmers: a report and record of the events of the Diet at Fridberg.1 The representative of the nobility is Juncker Ludeman Pfeffersack, of the farmers Hans Eygennutz, and of the clergy Dr Murner. The action2 It is right that every Christian man should have someone in authority over him, and that, in the interests of order, he should freely pay that authority every year wine, corn, peas, and lentils. No Christian should resist this. Utz Eckstein The nobility from Hohenzorn:3 { Ludeman Pfeffersack4 Juncker { Hans Butz den Winckel5 { Rüdi Schütt den Bütel6 { Claus durch den Busch.7 1 There is a ruined castle known as the Friedberg in the village of Meilen on Lake Zurich; but this is likely (also) to be a descriptive name, meaning ‘peace moun- tain (or town)...

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