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The winter king : Frederick V of the Palatinate and the coming of the Thirty Years' War

Author: Brennan C Pursell
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Frederick, King of Bohemia; Frederick, King of Bohemia; Friedrich, Pfalz Kurfürst V.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brennan C Pursell
ISBN: 0754634019 9780754634010
OCLC Number: 50693385
Description: xv, 320 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Frederick V and the Thirty Years' War 1 --
1. Signs of Impending Disaster? 11 --
2. Rebellion in Bohemia: a Local Crisis 43 --
3. The Elections of 1619: an Imperial Crisis 65 --
4. The New King, 1619-1620 93 --
5. The Palatine Crisis, 1620-1621 123 --
6. Frederick at War, 1622 165 --
7. Undermining the Anglo-Spanish Peace, 1623 195 --
8. The Rise and Fall of The Hague Alliance, 1624-1626 217 --
9. Tragedy and Deliverance, 1627-1632 255 --
10. Closure 285.
Responsibility: Brennan C. Pursell.
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The Thirty Years' War was the worst disaster to befall Europe during the early modern period. Frederick V, the Elector Palatine played a major role in the crucial developmental stages of the  Read more...

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