Calvinism and the Thirty Years War: Abraham Scultetus and the Palatinate

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The connection between religion and violence is one of the most fraught scholarly questions today. From the Crusades of the eleventh and twelfth centuries to our contemporary moment of terrorism and the Islamic State, scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum have invested significant energy seeking to understand the complicated relationship between the two phenomena. While it may be tempting to search for a causal link between Calvinism and violence, the situation is actually far more complicated. Braham Scultetus was a court preacher, university professor, and adviser to Elector Frederick. His family came from what is today Lower Silesia. His father was the Schultheiss or mayor of Grünberg (Zielona Gora), hence the Latinized name Scultetus. Scultetus’s Silesian background shaped in profound ways his view and understanding of the world around him.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBeyond the Battlefield
Subtitle of host publicationReconsidering Warfare in Early Modern Europe
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781003805267
ISBN (Print)9780367744199
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

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© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Tryntje Helfferich and Howard Louthan; individual chapters, the contributors.


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