Dresden under Moritz (1541–53) and August (1553–86) of Saxony: notions of privacy at the interface of realm and household

Moulding of privacy according to Lutheran ideals. Foci: Dres­den’s development as the Lutheran Elector of Saxony’s seat, supported by representational buildings, defence works and the univ.s of Witten­berg and Leipzig; Lutheran fronts against Catholics and Calvinists; witch­craft trials; Duke Au­gust’s tax­ation of his sub­jects and instructions for his Geheimerat (1574); the Electoral couple as domestic models; the ideal Lutheran home according to ser­mons; court preacher Selnecker’s com­mentary to the Psalter (1563).

Research on privacy will add decisive new insights to research into, e.g., Dresden’s court and castle, social tissue and  political-theological climate; see, e.g.,  legal rights, sexual discipline, military status, charities, architecture and reli­gious instruction, see, e.g.,

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