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Reflecting Dynastic Destinies: Mirror Of Prince Literature And Wittelsbach Education

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In order to delineate the extent of the cultural alienation between three prominent Calvinist, Lutheran, and Catholic Wittelsbach courts, this chapter compares the medieval and Renaissance educational experiences of the Wittelsbachs and then contrasts them with those that developed following the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. An important yardstick in measuring the distance is the comparison between the educational primary sources associated with the Wittelsbach rulers for their children during the confessional age with those of the shared Renaissance paradigm for princely education that predated the confessional splits within the dynasty. The Wittelsbachs did ensure that their sons received a humanist education by qualified court tutors known as Hofmeister. It is also clear from the Wittelsbach educational instructions that the primary concern of the ruling princes was to make certain that their heirs could fulfill their distinctly confessional dynastic destinies.

Keywords: Catholic Reformations; medieval educational experiences; princely education; Protestant Reformations; Renaissance paradigm; Wittelsbach education

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