RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 50693385 LA English T1 The winter king : Frederick V of the Palatinate and the coming of the Thirty Years' War A1 Pursell, Brennan C.,, PB Ashgate PP Aldershot, Hants, England; Burlington, VT YR 2003 SN 0754634019 9780754634010 AB "The Winter King provides a compelling study into the causes of the Thirty Years' War. Examining the early stages of the war through the locus of Frederick, it reconciles the forces of confession, conscience and constitutionalism that affected Frederick's decision making at critical junctures throughout the crisis. By placing constitutionalism rather than religion at the centre of events, it offers a subtle yet convincing new account of the conflict." "Drawing on political and personal correspondence, backed up with a wealth of archival and secondary sources. Dr. Pursell presents Frederick's choices and alternatives and interprets his words and responses to them. Considering the war from Frederick's perspective he argues convincingly that the war is best understood not simply as a struggle between Protestant and Catholic powers, but rather as an extended constitutional conflict, entwining religious and political factors, fought within the Holy Roman Empire."--BOOK JACKET.