• Thomas Max Safley
Part of the Early Modern History: Society and Culture book series


Matheus Miller was a bourgeois in the strict sense of the term. He was a burgher of Augsburg, a townsman who drew his sustenance and his identity from his participation in and close association with a specific place. Yet, Matheus was a bourgeois of a different stripe. Rather than a captive rentier, living conservatively within his means and according to expectations, he shaped and changed his life in Augsburg. Through well-laid schemes, he created an ordered existence that was both rational and irrational, born of public engagements in commercial and political affairs but shaped by family ties and personal prejudices.


Public Engagement Walk Away Political Affair Personal Prejudice Paternal Benevolence 
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  1. 11.
    Matheus did not share the opinion of modern historians that the wedding celebration was a moment of cardinal social and cultural importance. See L. Roper, ‘Going to Church and Street: Weddings in Reformation Augsburg’, Past and Present 106 (1985): 62–101;CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. M. Segalen, Love and Power in the Peasant Family (Oxford, 1983).Google Scholar
  3. 18.
    See, for example, H. Kamen, The Iron Century: Social Change in Europe, 1550–1660 (New York, 1971), p. 195.Google Scholar
  4. 19.
    See M. Walker, German Home Towns: Community, State, and General Estate: 1648–1871 (Ithaca, 1971), passim.Google Scholar

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  • Thomas Max Safley
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  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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