The third volume of Martin Bucer's "Correspondance" covers the years from 1527 to 1529. In this period, Bucer played an increasing part in Strasbourg, while his renown started growing abroad. In Strasbourg he was put in charge of the St Thomas parish, located closer to the city centre. Along with his colleagues he appealed relentlessly to the City Council for a stricter moral discipline, for struggle against anabaptism and celebration of the mass, which was suspended on February 20, 1529. Moreover, he engaged in great activity in publishing five important biblical commentaries. Outside Strasbourg he intensified his evangelical propaganda in countries speaking romanic languages. His active involvement in the Berne disputation in January 1528 helped him make contact with the European Reformation. In the disastrous sacramentary strife he continued taking part in advocating concord between the protestant theologians. He joined Philip von Hessen in setting up the Marburg colloquium, faced with whose partial failure he did his best to encourage Zwingli's project of a defensive alliance among evangelical cities in Switzerland and in the South-West of Germany, called the "Burgrecht".
During the last forty years there has been a remarkable resurgence in interest by 16th-century historians in the Strasbourg Reformer, Martin Bucer (1491-1551). The components and originality of his thoughts and his actions, as well as the reality of his ideas are emerging more and more. This is largely due to the new edition of his works undertaken by an international committee, established in 1952. This edition is divided into three sections: "Opera Latina" (of which 5 volumes have appeared since 1953: vols. 1-3, 15 and 15 bis); "Deutsche Schriften" (10 volumes since 1960: vols. 1-6, 3, 7 and 17); "Correspondance" (vol. 1, 1979). The present second volume of the "Correspondance" (1524-1526) essentially covers five themes: 1) the controversies with the Roman church, 2) the evangelical propaganda, especially in the Roman speaking countries, 3) the sacramentarian dispute and the search for reconciliation, 4) the Peasant war and 5) the beginning of the anabaptist crisis.