Ken asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

What was the result of the Peace of Augsburg?

From what I have read, I find that the Peace of Augsburg was pointless because it only recognized Lutherans and eventually lead to The Thirty Years.

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  • 7 years ago
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    . `The Peace of Augsburg` in 1555 was a compromise that slightly favoured Catholics . Ferdinand talked the Lutheran estates in accepting the proviso of Article 18 , which blocked Lutherans from taking control of ecclesiastical estates after their conversion. He also convinced the Catholic estates that it was in their interest to grant dissenters the right of emigration . This right could only be granted to those who had done nothing wrong , wrongdoers , such as heretics , had to be punished and could not be granted the right to leave . Hence the Catholic concession was important because , ,implicitly , the Catholic Church thereby renounced its claims that Lutherans were `heretics` . though the concessions that Lutherans gave weighed more heavily in favour of Catholic terms of power politics .

    The settlement became possible because it left the doctrinal controversy pending . Also the settlement did not constitute an explicit legal right that allowed rulers to make authoritative decisions about the confessions of their subjects . It did however grant to Lutheran estates , and only to Lutherans , the right to act in accordance with their theological doctrines . But the celebrated formula cuius regio eius religio (whoever rules a territory decides about religion ) is conspicuously absent from the text of the Augsburg settlement and, in fact , has no place in it.

    Source(s): Charles V , The World Emperor / Harald Kleinschmidt/ Publisher Sutton
  • 7 years ago

    Not pointless at all.

    The principle of "Cuius regio,eius religio" - "Whose realm,his religion" - gave Lutheran princes within the Holy Roman Empire a lot more power in their own realms than they had had previously,and weakened the power of both the Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Emperor over them.

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