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Hofprediger in Offenbach, 1686–1713: The life and world of a late seventeenth century german court preacher

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Count Johann Philipp II of Ysenburg-Offenbach appointed Conrad Bröske as his court preacher in 1686 when Bröske was jus twenty-six years of age. Bröske served in this position until he died. It is evident from Bröske's involvements as adviser and confidant to the Count, Superintendent and Inspector of Schools for the Landeskirche, and censor of the Count's printing press, that Bröske served as the Count's influential Berater or intimate counselor. It was Bröske's good fortune to serve a prince of Reformed persuasion who was tolerant of radical chiliast ideas. The office of court preacher did not exist in Anglo-Saxon Protestantism; it was restricted mainly to Germany, Holland and Scandinavia. The circumstances in which the office arose in these countries included the relative autonomy of German princes and courts, and the right they possessed after the Peace of Augsburg and Peace of Westphalia to determine the religious confession of their realm.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon Protestantism; Conrad Bröske; Count Johann Philipp II; court preacher; Germany; radical chiliast ideas; Reformed persuasion; Ysenburg-Offenbach

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