This chapter examines how Catholic historians and antiquarians in central Europe during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries responded to the Reformation through the search for Christian origins. Though the search for Christian origins reflected a universal Catholic impulse, in Central Europe it was very much an enterprise that addressed the local concerns and challenges of specific communities. This chapter explores the diversity of this quest through an investigation of three case studies: Cologne, Bavaria, and Bohemia. Catholic scholars in each of these areas searched for the Christian origins of their home region in an effort to defend their local ecclesiastical heritage.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Sacred History|
|Subtitle of host publication||Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - Sep 20 2012|