Erlebnisse eines frommen Handwerkers im späten 17. Jahrhundert
The cooper Hans Ludwig Nehrlich (1653-1730) completed his autobiography in 1723. It is one of the rare examples from that period of a craftsman committing his own life-history to paper. Nehrlich was a pietist, an adherent of that important Protestant reform movement that set out to realize Luther's unfinished Reformation by means of practical religiosity and associations of like-minded believers. Nehrlich's text is the very model of a life dedicated to pietism, but it is also much more. The book also casts a subjective and fascinating light on what it meant in the early modern age to live up to one's religious convictions in the face of very considerable opposition. Marriage, family and intense pietist immersion in edifying literature play a central role. The text is an important source of knowledge for research into the early modern era and is presented here in the form of a critical edition of the manuscript version.
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