Roth, M. Kurfyurst Otto Genrikh kak zashchitnik Reformatsii v gertsogstve Noyburg i v Kurpfal’tse [Elector Otto Henry as Defender of the Reformation in the Duchy of Neuburg and in Electoral Palatinate], in: Proslogion: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Social History and Culture, 2018. Vol. 4 (1). P. 21–45.
Michael Roth, assistant lecturer, Department of History, Heidelberg University (69117, Germany, Heidelberg, Grabengasse 3–5; aud. 229)
This article deals with the implementation of Lutheranism in Palatinate-Neuburg and in Electoral Palatinate by prince elector Ottheinrich (1502–1556) in an administrative and dynastical perspective. It asks how the prince tried to establish step by step the new Protestant order and doctrine in his two inherited territories with Church Orders that ended the confessional state of uncertainty in favour of Lutheranism. Ottheinrich acted as deeply religious monarch within the Holy Roman Empire and established diplomatic contacts to the French and English royal courts so that he became one of the most important opponents of the imperial policy. In spite of his short reign as prince elector he determined the political role of the Electoral Palatinate for the next decades in the complex confessional situation in the Holy Roman Empire.
Key Words: Reformation, Electoral Palatinate, Palatinate-Neuburg, Church Orders, prince elector Ottheinrich, Holy Roman Empire