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Religious Plurality at Princely Courts
Dynasty, Politics, and Faith in Central Europe, ca. 1450-1848
Edited by Benjamin Marschke, Daniel Riches, Sara Smart, Alexander Schunka
294 pages, 7 figs., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-487-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (April 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-488-4 eBook Not Yet Published
Early modern European monarchies legitimized their rule through dynasty and religion where ideally the divine right of the ruler corresponded with the official confession of the territory. It has thus been assumed that at princely courts only a single confession was present. However, the reality of the confessionalization paradigm commonly involved more than one faith. Religious Plurality at Princely Courts explores the reverberations of bi-confessional or multi-confessional intra-Christian settings at courts on dynastic, symbolic, diplomatic, artistic, and theological levels addressing a significant neglected understanding of interreligious dialogue, religious change, and confessional blending. Incorporating perspectives across European studies such as domestic and international politics, dynastic strategies, the history of ideas, women’s and gender history, and material culture, the contributions to this volume highlight the intersections of religious plurality at court.
Benjamin Marschke is Professor of History at the Cal Poly Humboldt, in Arcata, California.
Daniel Riches is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at the University of Alabama.
Sara Smart is Honorary Associate Professor of German, the University of Exeter, UK.
Alexander Schunka is Professor of early modern history at Freie Universität Berlin.
Subject: History: Medieval/Early ModernCultural Studies (General)
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