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The Quest for Compromise
Peacemakers in Counter-Reformation Vienna


Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History

  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027120

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  • The Quest for Compromise is an interdisciplinary study of the imperial court in late sixteenth-century Vienna, and a detailed examination of a fascinating moment of religious moderation. Against a backdrop of rising religious and confessional dogmatism, the Emperor Maximilian II (1564–1576) assembled a remarkable cast of courtiers who resisted extremes of both Reformation and Counter-Reformation. This book investigates the rise and fall of an irenic movement through four individuals whose work at the imperial court reflected the ideals of religious compromise and moderation. An Italian artist (Jacopo Strada), a Silesian physician (Johannes Crato), a Dutch librarian (Hugo Blotius) and a German soldier (Lazarus von Schwendi) sought peace and accommodation through a wide range of cultural, intellectual and political activity.

    • An extensive study of court culture and late sixteenth-century Vienna
    • An interdisciplinary study in art history, political history, church history, and intellectual and cultural history
    • Offers an alternative approach to the study of religious change and toleration
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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027120
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.317kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    A political and cultural chronology
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Emergence of an Irenic Court:
    1. From confrontation to conciliation: the conversion of Lazarus von Schwendi
    2. Jacopo Strada and the transformation of the imperial court
    Part II. Maximilian II and the High Point of Irenicism: Introduction
    3. Hugo Blotius and the intellectual foundation of Austrian irenicism
    4. Ordering a chaotic world: the reformation of the imperial library
    5. Protestant ecumenism and Catholic reform: the case of Johannes Crato
    6. Finding a via media: Lazarus von Schwendi and the climax of Austrian irenicism
    Part III. The Failure of Irenicism: Introduction
    7. Confessional ambiguity and unambiguous critics: religion and the Austrian middle way
    8. The funeral of Maximilian II: struggling for the soul of central Europe
    9. Matthias in the Netherlands: the political failure of irenicism
    Conclusion: storm clouds on the horizon: from the great milk war to the Thirty Years War
    Epilogue: the wider circle of irenicism
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  • Author

    Howard Louthan, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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