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1 CLASEN, Claus-Peter. Palatinate in European History 1555-1618.
Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1966, 
CLASEN, Claus-Peter. The Palatinate in European History 1555-1618. Oxford :Basil Blackwell, (1966). Revised Edition. Pp (6),[1]-49,(1). 8vo, grey car d covers, lettered in green. “This study investigates both the eminent political and cultural role of the Calvinist Palatinate in the age of the Counter Reformation. After a short sketch of the aims and methods of palatine policy, the author explores whether the aggressiveness of the palatinate can be explained by the Calvinist notion of intolerance, by the political isolation of the palatinate after the Peace of Augsburg and, above all, by the background and polished thinking of the statesmen at Heidelberg in the 1560's and 1570's. The book reveals how the continuation of this anti-Catholic and anti-Habsburg policy under Christian of Anhalt and Ludwig Camerarius ledto the catastrophe of the Palatinate in the Thirty Years War. The second p art is devoted to the role of the palatinate as a cultural centre of European Calvinism. The author discusses the immigration of Dutch and French Calvinist refugees into the Palatinate. He investigates the role of Heidelberg university, analysing the international character both of the teaching and student body. The author then briefly discusses the peculiar atmosphere of the court at Heidelberg. Having distinguished itself by its strange Calvinist austerity in the sixteenth century, it became the first German court to be strongly influenced by French culture in the early seventeenth century. A final short chapter is devoted to the surprising literary tendencies of the Heidelberg statesmen.” - from the back cover. Browned, name, a few penned notes, else very good. 24.00

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