Between Opposition and Collaboration: Nobles, Bishops, and the German Reformations in the Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg, 1555–1619

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BRILL, 09.09.2011 - 224 Seiten
This study of the Catholic Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg and its largely Protestant aristocracy demonstrates that shared family ties and traditional privilege could reduce religious based conflict. These findings raise fundamental questions about current interpretations of the Reformation era. Prince-bishops regularly appointed Lutheran nobles to administrative positions, and those Lutheran appointees served their Catholic overlords ably and loyally. Bamberg was a center for social interaction, business transactions, and career opportunities for aristocrats. As these nobles saw it, birthright and kinship ties made them suitable for service in the prince-bishopric. Catholic leaders concurred, confessional differences notwithstanding. This study tells the complicated story of how Lutheran nobles and their Catholic relatives struggled to maintain solidarity and cooperation during an era of religious strife and animosity
 

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Introduction
1
I Lay of the Land
19
II The Protestant Reformation and Aristocratic Control of Bamberg
44
III The Aristocratic Church and Resistance to Reform
73
IV Protestant Officials as Agents of the CounterReformation
106
V The CounterReformation and the Alienation of the Imperial Knights 15941599
136
VI Confession and the Limits of Cooperation
163
Conclusion The PrinceBishopric of Bamberg and the Imperial Knights
194
Bibliography
205
Index
217
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Richard J. Ninness, Ph.D. (2006) in History, University of Pennsylvania, is Assistant Professor at Touro College in New York City.

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