chapter  3
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Body and Soul

This conclusion presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the presiding chapters of this book. Hans Folz is unique in his ambition, his education, entrepreneurship and vivid scatology, all traits that connect him to the human structures of his time. His life spans the birth of the European print industry, Humanism and the early Renaissance and more than a century of plague epidemics, and ends four years before Martin Luther nails his Ninety-Five Theses to the Schlosskirche at Wittenberg. Within distinct literary and historical structures of his time, Folz presents and represents themes that exist today, such as Christian piety, mind-body interaction, transgression, female oppression and anti-Semitism. Scholarship tends to fragment Folz's work, focusing primarily on his eye-catching carnevalesque obscenities or his role in the history of literary genres, even though religious, political and secular spheres are particularly inseparable in Folz's era. Folz explains the practicalities of medieval Christian life: confession, penance, salvation, behavior and social relations.