Michele Saporiti

The Lutheran Reformation and the Birth of the Modern Concept of Sovereignty. On the Polymorphous Nature of «the religious» in the Early Modern Period

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Keywords: Sovereignty; Religion; Luther; State; Europe.

This paper aims at shedding light on the relationship between the Lutheran Reformation and the modern concept of sovereignty. In particular, it suggests a threefold articulation (political, normative and geographical) of such a religious fracture and it highlights how it contributed to the process of birth of the Nation State.

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