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A sin1 See below, p. 57· 49 cere and glowing piety was seen in many people, often in the humblest ranks of society. It found its highest expression in the writings of Jacob Bohme (1575-1624), a self-educated Silesian cobbler who, notwithstanding obstacles and persecution, wrote towards the end of his life a series of mystical tracts, beginning in 1612 with Aurora oder Morgenrote im Aufgang (not published until 1634) and continuing through Die drei Prinzipien gottlichen Wesens (1619) to his Mysterium magnum of 1623.
It was perhaps not surprising that this contentious and combative century was an age of successful satire. One of its masters was Lutheran Johann Fischart (1546-go), who began with anti-Catholic satires, including Der Barfiissersecten und Kuttenstreit (1570), but then extended his range to more general 45 satire. He denounced prophesying almanacs in Aller Praktik Grossmutter (1572), and castigated women in Der Flohhatz ( 157 3). His masterpiece is his free adaptation of Rabelais' Gargantua et Pantagruel, first issued in 1575 and known since its second edition in 1582 as Geschichtklitterung.
59 5 Reason and Sentiment: I. 1700-1770 A New Philosophy and a New Piety: I700-I7JO The eighteenth century is often called the age of reason or enlightenment. Yet such generalisations, useful though they can be, always oversimplify and therefore distort. And the eighteenth century, as soon as we take more than a cursory look at it, proves to be an age of sentiment as well as of reason. Reason, enthroned by Descartes, lived side by side with its apparent opposite, sentiment, which was at first evident as the religious expression of a minority.