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Patronage And Piety: The Confessionalization Of Wittelsbach Courts In Heidelberg And Munich

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The Bavarian Wittelsbachs used architectural expansion of the court and public processions as tools for subduing the city. Thus, the court cultures of the Wittelsbachs reveal the interactions between environment and ambition. This chapter examines this phenomenon by first addressing the roles of the consorts of both houses and then treating the association between dynastic ambition and the dramatic increase in size of the Bavarian court. It then demonstrates the connections between legal and literary patronage by the Palatine Wittelsbachs. The chapter also examines how Jesuit perspectives on art and the desire of the Bavarian Wittelsbachs to make Munich their court city shaped the nature of Bavarian court patronage. Finally, the chapter discusses the significance of funeral and commemorative literature for both halves of the dynasty in perpetuating their myths as defenders of the faith.

Keywords: Bavarian court; Bavarian Wittelsbachs; commemorative literature; funeral literature; Palatine Wittelsbachs; Wittelsbach Courts



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