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Patres Patriae Or Proditores Patriae? Legitimizing And De-Legitimizing The Authority Of The Provincial Estates In Seventeenth-Century Bohemia

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This chapter discusses patriotic sentiment and language in Bohemia in the second half of the seventeenth century. It focuses on how power struggle within the Bohemian elite affected Balbín's texts, mostly with regard to his inflammatory polemic against Bernhard Ignaz Count Martinitz in the early 1670s. This quarrel, certainly not unimportant with respect to the development of Balbín's argument, has found some attention in the literature. Secondly, the chapter highlights the recurring rivalries within the Bohemian estates and raise the question of whether and how patriotic vocabulary was used by this elite to legitimize collective and particular goals and specifically how this was represented by Balbín in his writings. The controversy between Balbín and Count Martinitz is certainly a cause célèbre in the history of Bohemia in the second half of the seventeenth century. Kinsky descended from the old Bohemian nobility and belonged to the same social strata as Martinitz.

Keywords: Bernhard Ignaz Count Martinitz; Bohuslav Balbín; Count Kinsky; patriotic sentiment; seventeenth-century Bohemia



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