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The Counter-Reformation in Central EuropeStyria 1580-1630$
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Regina Pörtner

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246151.001.0001

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Protestantism Ascendant (1525–1578)

Protestantism Ascendant (1525–1578)

(p.11) 2 Protestantism Ascendant (1525–1578)
The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe

Regina Pörtner (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

To some extent, the rise of Styrian Protestantism as one of Austrian Protestantism was generally associated with the spiritual turmoil which attended the formation of the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy in the 16th century. The spread of heterodoxy stood at the beginnings and accompanied the early stages of dynastic ‘state-building’ policy by which the Austrian duchies of Upper, Lower, and Inner Austria were slowly but inexorably drawn away from the Empire to become part of an increasingly eastern-based composite Monarchy. While this chapter argues that the Austrian Monarchy received its distinct intellectual identity during the Counter-Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries, it does not dispute the fact that the dynasty had hitched its fortune to the Catholic faith well before this date in important ways which effectively precluded members of the Austrian branch from open confessional deviance.

Keywords:   Protestantism, Styria, Inner Austria, Habsburg Monarchy, Counter-Reformation, Catholic Church, Protestant Reformation, Central Europe, Lutheranism, religious persecution

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