A House Divided: Wittelsbach Confessional Court Cultures in by Andrew L. Thomas

By Andrew L. Thomas

This booklet examines the intersection among non secular trust, dynastic goals, and overdue Renaissance court docket tradition in the major branches of Germany's such a lot storied ruling apartment, the Wittelsbach dynasty. Their impact touched many beaches from the coa

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15 Albrecht hoped that his religious and dynastic connections with his father-in-law, the Habsburg Emperor Ferdinand I, would cause Ferdinand to support his cause. 16 However, because of the Wittelsbach dynastic division, Wolfgang Weber notes that the Bavarian and Palatine Wittelsbachs were second tier powers in the Empire at the beginning 14 Karl-Friedrich Krieger, “Bayerische-pfälzische Unionsbestrebungen vom Hausvertrag von Pavia (1329) bis zur Wittelsbachischen Hausunion vom Jahre 1724,” Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung 4 (1977): 385–413.

1460–1508). His elder sister Margarete married the Margrave Frederico I Gonzaga of Mantua. 23 However, Albrecht was still the exception to the rule for humanist education and was sensitive about it. ”24 Still, mirror of prince literature by such Italian scholars as Piccolomini and Vergerio began to make a more permanent impact on 21 F. , Geschichte der Erziehung der Bayerischen WIttelsbacher von den frühesten Zeiten bis 1750: Urkunden nebst geschitlichem Überblick und Register, xix–xxii. , xxvi–xvii.

In conclusion, this book illuminates how Wittelsbach confessional court cultures contributed significantly to the splintering of Renaissance humanism along religious lines in this era. Concomitantly, this work sheds new light on the impact of late medieval dynastic competition on shaping the early modern Wittelsbach courts, as well as the important role of Wittelsbach women in the creation and continuation of dynastic piety in their roles as wives, mothers, and patronesses of the arts. Finally, this examination of the role of Wittelsbach confessionalized court cultures broadens our understanding of the complex relationship between faith and politics across Europe in the confessional age.

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