The Transformation of Confessional Cultures in a Central European City: Olomouc, 1400-1750

edited by Antonín Kalous
with an afterword by Graeme Murdock
Collana: Viella Historical Research, 2
Pubblicazione: Agosto 2015
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The Transformation of Confessional Cultures in a Central European City results from a series of projects about the history of Olomouc, a medium-sized royal city in Moravia in the present-day Czech Republic. Set in its regional as well as wider contexts, this study of Olomouc contributes to research into ecclesiastical and religious developments of both the late medieval and early modern periods, and in particular the confessional divisions that followed the German Reformation. The chapters of this book are divided along chronological lines and also divided by topics and themes including: Hussitism and Utraquism, the early Czech Reformation, the impact and influences of the German Reformation, and the revival of the Catholic Church from the second half of the seventeenth century. Even though the struggles between rival confessions in the city only took place between the 1530s and 1650s, the council had asserted the city’s Catholicity against the Hussites in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. This emphasis on the city’s Catholic spirituality, and the importance to the urban community of Catholic ritual and ceremonies was restored from the second half of the seventeenth century. The image of religious life in Olomouc that emerges from this study is of a society with competing Catholic bodies and individuals not only opposed to non-Catholic churches but also with sharp internal rivalries between Catholic institutions over forms of ritual and styles of worship.

  • Foreword
  • Introduction. Olomouc – The City and Its History, by Jaroslav Miller
  • 1. A Catholic City in the Hussite Era, 1400-1450s, by Jan Stejskal
    • Death of Margrave Jobst
    • Catholic City versus Hussite Nobility
    • Bishops of Olomouc
    • The Besieged City
    • Capestrano in the City
    • Conclusion
  • 2. Between Hussitism and Reformation, 1450s-1520s, by Antonín Kalous
    • King George
    • Competing Catholic Institutions
    • The Bishop, the Chapter and the City
    • King Matthias
    • Religious Orders
    • The City and the German Reformation
    • Conclusion
  • 3. The Divided City, 1520s-1600, by Ondřej Jakubec
    • Conflict and Coexistence
    • 1556-1558: Confessional Reversal
    • The Olomouc Bishops and Their Confessional Politics in a Divided City
    • The Olomouc City Council versus the Olomouc Bishops
    • The City School at the Church of St Maurice
    • Lutheran Preachers and “Agitators”
    • The Death of Georg Thaller in 1570 and non-Catholic Burials in Olomouc
    • Disciplining of Religious Life in Olomouc
    • The Confessional Topography of Olomouc and Its Visual Manifestations
    • Conclusion
  • 4. The Stormy Path to a Single Religion, 1600-1650, by Tomáš Parma
    • Difficult Continuity: Olomouc in the pre-White Mountain Period
    • Revolt of the Estates: The Temporary Hegemony of non-Catholics
    • State Enforced re-Catholicisation and Decline of the City
    • Swedish Occupation
    • Conclusion
  • 5. The Evolution of Catholic Identity, 1650-1700, by Radmila Prchal Pavlíčková
    • Pilgrimage and Baroque Spirituality
    • Bishop Charles
    • Revival of Catholic Piety
    • Active Religious Life
    • Conclusion
  • 6. Consolidation, 1700-1750, by Martin Elbel
    • Balance of Power
    • Self-Assured Triumph
    • New Challenges
    • Conclusion
  • Afterword, by Graeme Murdock
  • List of Olomouc Bishops, 1397-1776
  • List of Figures
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Archival Sources
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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