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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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Reform, Mission, and Propaganda (1580–1630)

Reform, Mission, and Propaganda (1580–1630)

(p.181) 6 Reform, Mission, and Propaganda (1580–1630)
The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe

Regina Pörtner (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Counter-Reforming initiative between 1580 and 1600 in Inner Austria had rested first with the Catholic alliance shaped in 1579 and a nucleus of clerical reformers centred on the court in Graz. With the accession of Ferdinand in 1596, the Catholic court became the headquarters from which the Counter-Reformation was devised and directed under the leadership of a resolute prince who set himself successfully to the task of recovering control of the government apparatus, with the temporary exception of the War Council. The roving reformation commissions that had operated as ad hoc inquisitions in the reign of Karl II were turned into the regular device of a systematic policy. In the final stages of the Counter-Reformation, their activity was coordinated and directed by a new executive council, the government board of the Inner Austrian reform commission acting on the orders of the then Emperor Ferdinand II.

Keywords:   Ferdinand, Inner Austria, Counter-Reformation, Protestantism, Habsburg Monarchy, Styria, clerical reform, Jesuits, spiritual missions, religious propaganda

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