The Wages of Weakness: The Rise and Fall of the Protestant Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Austria

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This article examines the initial expansion and subsequent demise of Lutheran Protestantism in early modern Austria. Although the Protestant Reformation disrupted the medieval unity of church and state in western Europe, religion and politics remained strongly intertwined. Monarchs and dynasties became of paramount significance for the ultimate success or failure of Protestant movements. On the northern and southern edges of Western Christianity, religious homogeneity was largely retained, albeit in diametrically opposed forms. In the core of the continent, confessional differentiation proceeded more contentiously. The archetypical expression of denominational division was found in the Holy Roman Empire and especially its Habsburg patrimony. It is there one repeatedly encounters
a divergence of popular and dynastic interests and an interweaving of religious and political disagreement. These conflicts also decided the fate of Austrian Protestantism.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftTEMP - tidsskrift for historie
Vol/bind7
Udgave nummer15
Sider (fra-til)159-184
ISSN1904-5565
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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