The winter king : Frederick V of the Palatinate and the coming of the Thirty Years' War

Brennan C. Pursell

This study is not just a detailed biographical account of Frederick, but a contribution to the historiography of the war itself, placing constitutionalism instead of religion at the centre of our understanding of the Thirty Years' War. For centuries historians have portrayed intra-confessional rivalry as the primary cause of the crisis, yet this has increasingly been viewed as insufficient. Examining the early stages of the war through the locus of Frederick, the goal of this book is to reconcile the forces of confession, conscience and constitutionalism affecting Frederick's decision making at various junctures throughout the crisis, and thus to present a more nuanced understanding of the wider conflict Relying heavily on his political and personal correspondence, backed up with a wealth of archival and secondary sources, Pursell presents Frederick's choices and alternatives, and interprets his words and responses to them. Considering the war from Frederick's perspective, he argues that it is best to understand the war as an extended constitutional conflict, entailing religious and political factors together, fought within the Holy Roman Empire.

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  • Frederick V and the Thirty Years' War - Signs of Impending Disaster: The Imperial Constitution
  • The protagonist - Frederick V
  • The Palatinate in a European context
  • An inevitable religious war? Rebellion in Bohemia: a local crisis - Ferdinand of Styria, King of Bohemia
  • The uprising begins
  • Palatine Involvement
  • The Anglo-Spanish nexus
  • The rebellion wavers. The Elections of 1619 - an Imperial Crisis: Interregnum
  • The Palatine vote
  • The Bohemian and Imperial elections
  • The final decision
  • Frederick I, King of Bohemia. The New King, 1619-1620: The Palatine-Bohemian regime
  • The progress
  • A birth and a ban
  • The tide turns
  • The defense falters
  • The end of the regime. The Palatine Crisis, 1620-1621: The rebellion collapses
  • Common cause and Protestant cause
  • Segeberg
  • The English dimension
  • The defence of the Palatinate
  • Digby's embassy
  • Between war and peace. Frederick at War, 1622: Palatine tactics
  • Rex pacificus
  • On campaign
  • English intercession
  • Steps toward peace
  • Violence prevails
  • The loss of the Palatinate. Undermining the Anglo-Spanish Peace, 1623: Palatine policy
  • The journey to Spain
  • The match dissolves
  • Yet another match. The Rise and Fall of the Hague Alliance, 1624-1626: War or negotiations?
  • The quest for an alliance
  • Annus miriabilis, 1625
  • The Hague Alliance
  • The 'Catholic' side
  • Frederick and his God. Tragedy and Deliverance, 1627-1632: The end of the Empire's wars
  • Frederick V
  • Ferdinand II
  • The Swedish invasion
  • The last campaign. Closure: To Westphalia
  • The problem of religious war
  • Frederick the Man.

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書名 The winter king : Frederick V of the Palatinate and the coming of the Thirty Years' War
著作者等 Pursell, Brennan C.
出版元 Ashgate
刊行年月 c2003
版表示 illustrated ed
ページ数 xv, 320 p., [14] p., of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0754634019
NCID BA64965860
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス