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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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The Counter-Reformation at Local Level

The Counter-Reformation at Local Level

(p.144) 5 The Counter-Reformation at Local Level
The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe

Regina Pörtner (Contributor Webpage)

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Ferdinand's facile political victory over the Inner Austrian estates during his reign was not matched by equally swift progress of the Counter-Reformation in the villages and municipalities. Above all, it was the experience of local resistance which shaped the governmental response over the three decades from the beginning of the urban campaign in 1598 to the general expulsion in 1628. The shortcomings of the systematic reformation campaign in 1599–1600 were revealed by subsequent reports testifying to the resilience of Protestantism in the remoter regions of Upper Styria, in the settlements along the Hungarian border, and, most conspicuously, in the patrimonial villages and municipalities of the nobility, which in turn hampered the progress of the Counter-Reformation in ducal towns such as Bruck an der Mur. A residue of Protestantism in Upper Styria survived the Catholic onslaught of Ferdinand II and his successors and became a political problem in the 18th century.

Keywords:   Ferdinand, Counter-Reformation, Protestantism, Inner Austria, Habsburg Monarchy, Styria, religious policy, nobility, Catholic Church

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