Briefe und Akten zur Kirchenpolitik Friedrichs des Weisen und Johanns des Beständigen 1513 bis 1532

Reformation im Kontext frühneuzeitlicher Staatswerdung


Elector Friedrich the Wise and his successor Johann were key figures in the early Reformation history. As the sovereigns of Martin Luther, they created the political framework for the expansion and consolidation of the Wittenberg Reformation in Central Germany and beyond.

The aim of the edition project is to make the church-political acts of these two prominent reformation princes accessible in a printed and an electronic version for church and general historical research for the first time. Particular attention is paid to the question of how the introduction of reformation and the formation of the state intertwined and promoted each other. The time limits of the edition form the internal division of land (mutschierung) between Friedrich and Johann in 1513 and the death of the Elector Johann in 1532. This allows a longitudinal analysis that includes the time before Martin Luther’s public appearance as well as the transition from an unguided Reformation under Friedrich to an authoritarian Reformation under Johann exuding to the Reich and Europe. These processes of change are to a large extent summarized in correspondence and rulers’ orders.


  • Prof. Dr. Armin Kohnle (Project Leader)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Rudersdorf (Project Leader)
  • PD Dr. Stefan Michel (Office Site Leader)
  • Dr. Beate Kusche (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Ulrike Ludwig (Research Associate)
  • Alexander Bartmuß (Technical Research Associate)
  • Steven Bickel (Research Assistant)
  • Konstantin Enge (Research Assistant)
  • Saskia Schmidt (Research Assistant)
  • Prof. Dr. iur. habil. Heiner Lück (Project Commission)
  • Prof. Dr. Eike Wolgast (Project Commission)
  • Prof. Dr. Enno Bünz (Project Commission)
  • Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel (Project Commission)
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin (Project Commission)
  • Dr. Christian Winter (Project Commission)
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