Agonale Invektivität
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Ranacher, Christian: Ein Streiter und sein Schwert, in: Israel, Uwe, Kraus, Marius and Sasso, Ludovica (Eds.): Agonale Invektivität: Konstellationen und Dynamiken der Herabsetzung im italienischen und deutschen Humanismus, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2021 (Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung. Beihefte, Band 17), p. 281-306.

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Published 16.09.2021.

Christian Ranacher

Ein Streiter und sein Schwert

Die Invektiven des Zisterzienserabtes Paul Bachmann in seinem Kampf für den ‚alten‘ Glauben

Abstract This article addresses the early controversial theological pamphlets of the Cistercian abbot Paul Bachmann from Altzelle in the 1520s. The main focus is on the controversy surrounding the elevation of Bishop Benno of Meissen to sainthood in 1524. In all texts, the author uses invectives to defend religious life, the veneration of saints or traditional church practices. For example, he calls Mar­tin Luther a “boar pig” whose geyfferrussel stinks, and also attacks his “swindling spirit”, full of “snake cunning”. On the basis of the concept of invective, these invectives will be examined for their function in the confessional dispute.