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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which by pursuing a comparative approach towards the two major branches of the Wittelsbach dynasty, answers critical questions about the cultural and political impact of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations on the Wittelsbach dynasty. The book underscores the importance of recognizing the concept of cultural confessionalization in elucidating the motivational factors for Wittelsbach deeds from 1550-1650. Furthermore, in examining the impact of confessionalization on Renaissance court culture in particular, the book responds to the call for more interdisciplinary approach to understanding court culture, and demonstrates the importance of a comparative approach to examining court cultures. Finally, it has further buttressed the scholarship of those who have emphasized the value of conceptualizing piety in dynastic terms and addressing the importance of both genders in the process of dynastic legitimization through confessionalization.

Keywords: Catholic Reformations; confessionalization; Protestant Reformations; Renaissance court culture; Renaissance humanism; Wittelsbach dynasty



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