Catholic Belief and Survival in Late Sixteenth-Century by Elaine Fulton

By Elaine Fulton

Dr Georg Eder used to be a unprecedented determine who rose from humble origins to carry a few excessive positions at Vienna collage and the city's Habsburg courtroom among 1552 and 1584. His more and more uncompromising Catholicism ultimately put him at odds, notwithstanding, with many influential figures round him, no longer least the confessionally average Habsburg Emperor, Maximillian II. Pivoting round a dramatic incident in 1573, whilst Eder's ferocious anti-Lutheran polemic, the Evangelical Inquisition, fell lower than sharp Imperial condemnation, this booklet investigates 3 key points of his occupation. It examines Eder's place as a Catholic within the predominantly Protestant Vienna of his day; the general public expression of Eder's Catholicism and the powerful Jesuit effect at the comparable; and Eder's rescue and next survival as a lay suggest of Catholic reform, principally during the replacement security of the Habsburgs' opponents, the Wittelsbach Dukes of Bavaria. in response to a wide selection of published and manuscript fabric, this learn contributes to current historiography by way of reconstructing the occupation of 1 of overdue sixteenth-century Vienna's such a lot favourite figures. In a broader feel it additionally provides considerably to the broader canon of Reformation background via re-examining the character and quantity of Catholicism on the Viennese courtroom within the latter 1/2 the 16th century. It concludes through emphasising the significance of influential laity similar to Eder in advancing the reason for Catholic reform, and demanding situations the customary portrayal of the sixteenth-century Catholic laity as an nameless and principally passive workforce who basically answered to the ministries of others.

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