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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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1. Sixteenth-century sources Eckstein, Utz: Concilium. / HIe in dem bůch wirt diſputiert / Das puren lang zyt hett verfürt / Heilgen fürbit / ouch des baſsts gwalt / vom Fägfhür / ouch was dMäſs innhalt ([Zurich]: [Froschauer], [1525]) Idem: Concilium. / HIe in dem bůch wirt disputiert / Das puren lang zyt hat ver fürt / Heylgen Fürbit / Ouch des Bapsts Gwallt / vom Fägfhür / ouch was dMäſs inn halt ([Zurich]: [Froschauer], [1526]) Idem: Concilium. / HIe in dem bůch wirt diſputiert / Das Puren lang zyt hett verfürt / Heilgenfürbit / ouch des bapſsts gwalt / vom Fägfhür / ouch was dMäſſs innhalt ([Berne]: [Apiarius], [c. 1550]) Idem: Der Bawren Reichßtag vnd Concilium. Weß ſicher die ſieben Bauren auß ſieben Landtſchafften vereynigt / vnd zů antwurt geben dem Cardinal Campeio vnd ſei nen mitgeſandten auff das verkündt Bäptiſch concilium, ([Strasbourg]: [Cam mer lander], 1539) Idem: Dialogus. Ejn hüpſche diſputation / Die Chriſtus hat mit Adam thon ([Zurich]: [Froschauer], [1525?]) Idem: Klag des Gloubens der Hoffnung vnd ouch Liebe, über Geyſt lichen vnd Weltlichen Stand der Chriſten heit (Zurich: Frosch auer, [1525/6?]) Idem: Reichstag: / oder / Verſammlung der Bawren / gehalten zu Fridberg im Rychthal […] Concilium: / Darinnen die Bawren mit den Doctori bus der heiligen Geſchrifft von geiſtlichen...

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