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Birth of Philipp of Hesse

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Philipp I, Landgrave of Hesse

If religious and political concerns were often inseparable during the Protestant Reformation, then they were borderline indistinct in the life and career of Philipp of Hesse. Known most prominently as the Landgrave of Hesse, or as Philipp the Magnanimous, he … Continue reading

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Philip of Hesse marries a second wife

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Visitations begin in Saxony

The first parish visitations in Electoral Saxony proceeded in fits and stops from 1526 through 1528. In 1526, the recess of the Diet of Speyer suspended the Edict of Worms, which had proscribed Luther’s teachings in the empire, and this … Continue reading

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Religious Colloquies in Hagenau, Worms, and Regensburg

Religious division continued to plague Charles’ empire, but the threat of the Turkish armies on the eastern border of his lands forced him to act. He could not wait for the long expected council to convene and resolve the differences. … Continue reading

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