Diaristische Aufzeichnung, publizistische Umsetzung

Konfessionsbedingte Dispositive der Kriegsdarstellung

Franz M. Eybl

Two Jesuits accompanied duke Maximilian’s campaign from Munich to Prague in 1620 in their courtly functions and recorded in Latin diaries the advance through Upper and Lower Austria and Bohemia as eyewitnesses. Johann Buslidius was the prince’s archivist, Jeremias Drexel his court preacher, one of the most important and successful religious writers of the epoch. This essay attempts to describe the conditions for recording and publishing war depictions in the context of Upper German Catholic denominational culture. Discussed are the differences between incident and recording (on the basis of different diary entries concerning a mutiny in Linz, Upper Austria), the thematization of war in Drexel’s religious writings, the differences between recording and printing in official publications about the war campaign (journal, pamphlet, panegyric, sermon) as well as the denominational differences in the evaluation and historical classification of the Thirty Years War.