This volume deals with a central aspect of Charles V's empire: The emperor's policy regarding the church and the rising reform movement in the seventeen provinces of the Netherlands.
The first part of the book provides a survey of the situation in the Netherlands at the beginning of Charles' reign and deals with the prominence of these territories in the emperor's testaments. In the second part the role of the regents is closely examined and the successful efforts of the government to submit the church to secular power are also looked at in detail. The final part of the book is especially important as it is the first close examination of Charles' restrictive antireform policy throughout his whole reign from 1515 to 1555, including the introduction of an inquisitorial system in all seventeen provinces of the Netherlands.
Jochen A. Fühner studied History, Romance Philology and European Art History in Heidelberg and Rennes. This publication was written for his Ph.D. (2003) in History at the University of Heidelberg.
Fühner's work is, however, much more than just a useful starting point: it is a valuable and insightful study in its own right. Its focus on policy means that it is often concerned with the minutiae of edicts and proclamations, and it may not be the easiest introduction to the subject for the nonspecialist reader. Nonetheless, its structure is clear and easy to follow, and the background of Charles's religious policies is explained so as to give the book a more general appeal.' Emma Furniss,
Renaissance Quarterly, 2005. ‘
In his conclusion, Fühner stipulates that the church policies of Charles's government were more successful than his anti-reformatory actions. Because of the active and passive obstruction at the provincial level, Charles was unable to effectuate his anti-reformatory policies to full measure. Whereas in Spain the Habsburg religious policies succeeded in creating a national identity imbued with a strongly confessionalized Catholic religion, in the Low Countries they stimulated discontent (…). Fühner has given us an impressive and well-documented monograph, relying not solely on an impressive number of archival sources from Belgian, Dutch, German, English, and American historians. As such, it is a welcome contribution to the growing library of studies on Habsburg power in the Low Countries during the first half of the sixteenth century.’ Bert Roest, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,
Sixteenth Century Journal
Table of contents
Vorwort Einleitung I. Die Niederlande beim Herrschaftsantritt Karls 1515 II. Die Niederlande in den Politischen Testamenten Karls V III. Die Niederlande als Bestandteil des Habsburgischen Weltreiches: Die Bedeutung der ‚Régente et Gouvernante des Pays-Bas‘ in Zeiten der Abwesenheit Karls IV. Die Kirchenpolitik Karls in den Niederlanden V. Die antireformatorische Religionspolitik Karls in den Niederlanden VI. Die Rolle der Regentinnen in der Kirchen- und Religionspolitik Karls Abschließende Betrachtung Abkürzungsverzeichnis Quellen- und Literaturverzeichnis Kartenbeilage Personenregister Ortsregister
All those interested in Charles V and his Empire, the history of the Netherlands and Belgium, the history of the Church and the Reformation, as well as theologians.