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A Winter’s Tale: The “Winter King” And The Court At Prague

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The internal dynastic rivalry between the Bavarian and Palatine branches of the Wittelsbach dynasty had stoked confessional divisions, culminating in Frederick V of the Palatinate as head of the Protestant Union and Maximilian I as the head of the Catholic League. This chapter discusses how this medieval inheritance affected Frederick V's rule in Bohemia by examining Wittelsbach dynastic ambitions in their confessional setting, and the attempt by the Bohemian Estates, to use religion as a source of legitimacy for Frederick and Elizabeth as a non-indigenous dynasty in Bohemia. The royal progresses, first to Prague for the coronation ceremony and then later to the rest of the Bohemian crown lands, reveal the rise and fall, of Frederick's quest for dynastic legitimacy. Both the symbol of the lion and the Order of the Garter would serve to associate Frederick with the aspirations of English and continental supporters.

Keywords: Bavarian branches; Bohemian crown lands; Frederick V; Order of the Garter; Palatine branches; Wittelsbach dynasty

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