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Clarion Calls: White Mountain And Wittelsbach Legitimacy

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The Battle of White Mountain in 1620 was not only the high point of Maximilian's and Ferdinand Seibt's military involvement in the Thirty Years' War, but also the battle in which confessionalized literati and artists from both sides waged their most voluminous war of words in the forms of panegyrics, broadsheets, satires, 'folk' songs, tapestries, monuments, and portraiture. In this critical period, writers and artists employed their talents to defend their respective patrons and world-views. The struggle demonstrates the striking degree to which Wittelsbach patronage contributed to the further confessionalization of humanism in this era. This chapter examines this process by first showing how the victory of Maximilian over Frederick at White Mountain reveals itself as a struggle between Frederick and Maximilian over possession of the Palatine lands and the associated electoral title, and secondly, by discussing the long term impact of White Mountain on both sides of the Atlantic.

Keywords: confessionalized humanism; Ferdinand Seibt; Maximilian; Palatine lands; White Mountain; Wittelsbach legitimacy



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