Reformacyjny dyskurs schwenckfeldian i pruskich luteranów 1524/1525-1544 (cz. 1)
The reformational discourse between Schwenckfeldians and Prussian Lutherans 1524/1525–1544 (part 1)
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The exchange of viewpoints between Silesian-Prussian Schwenckfeldians and Lutherans in Prussia lasted since 1525 till 1544. It was a part of the discourse undertaken by reformational communities about the need for reform of the church and its religious direction. Both sides put forth their views and arguments supporting their religious stance. This article shows the family relations between the princes Fredrick II of Legnica and Albert of Prussia, this relation helped to establish contact between those circles. Political ties and the issue of ideological consensus regarding support for reformational changes are also under discussion here. The earliest indication of contact between them is dated at spring 1522 and the most intense expression of said contacts would be the diplomatic involvement of Fredrick II, representing Albert of Prussia, in negotiations with the Polish King regarding the Prussian fief during the 1524-1525 period. When in June 1525 the Prussian bishop Paul Speratus initiated contacts the reformation in Legnica was already moving into new phase, the “Schwenckfeldian reformation”, this happened due to influence of Kaspar von Schwenckfeld. This author’s focus then moved to the exchange of opinions via mail during phase one of the discourse (1525-1528). Schwenckfeld engaged in the exchange from Legnica while Speratus from Prussia. Schwenkfeld also mailed Albrecht directly. He referenced their conversations from 1524-1525, regarding the reformation of the Church, explaining the meaning of changes he introduced. Altogether thirteen letters, along with appended treaties became the subject of analysis.
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