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This chapter provides an overview of the various concepts discussed in the chapters of this book. The book examines the intersection between religious belief, dynastic ambitions, and late Renaissance patronage found in the court cultures of the main branches of Germany's most storied ruling house, the Wittelsbach dynasty. Through a comparative history of the two major branches of the Wittelsbach dynasty, this book addresses fundamental questions about the significance of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations on the Wittelsbach dynasty. In exploring the significance of confessional identity on Renaissance court culture in particular, the book answers the appeal made by the renowned court historian John Adamson for an interdisciplinary perspective on court culture. A primary objective of the book is to bring out of obscurity Wittelsbach consorts who have been largely ignored by modern historians of the early modern era.

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

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