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Metamorphosis: The Palatinate In Transition And The “Bohemian” Court In Exile At The Hague

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While several of Frederick and Elizabeth's daughters became prominent patronesses of the arts and sciences, only one perpetuated the dynastic myth through progeny. This chapter examines the mixed fate of a house divided by first focusing on Maximilian's efforts to enforce Catholic confessionalization in the Palatine lands under his control or influence, then concentrating on Elizabeth and Frederick's efforts to live like royalty at their court-in-exile at The Hague. Just as at White Mountain, Maximilian took advantage of the material objects he found in Heidelberg to further augment his own prestige as a devout prince at the expense of Frederick. The most famous loot Maximilian took from Heidelberg was the renowned library collection, the Bibliotheca Palatina, established by the Wittelsbach Elector Palatine Ludwig III for the Holy Ghost Church court chapel in 1421.

Keywords: &t;Bohemian&t; Court in Exile; Catholic confessionalization; King of the Germans; Palatinate; White Mountain



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