confessionalization

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  • Info In Protestant Reformation history, confessionalization is the parallel processes of "confession-building" taking place in Europe between the Peace of Augsburg (1555) and the Thirty Years' War (1618-1649). more...
  • Thus confessionalization is often described as a development stage towards the centralised absolutist state of the 18th century and the modern welfare state.
  • Maximilian's rule was shaped by the confessionalization process after the 1555 Peace of Augsburg.
  • Confessionalization was supported by monarchs and rulers in general, because after the Reformation had brought control over their territories' churches into their hands, they could exercise more power over their subjects by enforcing strict religious obedience.
  • Johann Adam's time as Archbishop of Mainz is notable for advancing the confessionalization of the Archbishopric of Mainz.
  • Especially the Metz townsmen filed several petitions to the Imperial Diet, however, the retrieval of the lost Three Bishoprics was no longer a main concern of the disintegrating Empire during the ongoing confessionalization.