Rudolf II and His World

Rudolf II and His World : A Study in Intellectual History, 1576-1612

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Rudolf II of Hapsburg, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia and Hungary, was an extraordinary ruler, a monarch whose court occupied a central position in 16th-century Europe - yet he remained a shadowy and fugitive figure. The decades around 1600 saw sweeping cultural changes in Europe, with the waning of an old-world view and the beginnings of the 17th-century intellectual revolution. The author argues that the conflict which played itself out in the Hapsburg lands during these years was a political manifestation of the intellectual confrontation between the old guard and and their preoccupation with the mystical, spiritual and hermetic sciences, and the rise of a more rational and empirical view of the world. Rudolf, as the embodiment of the old philosophy, failed to grasp this profound shift in the prevailing climate of thought: Professor Evans argues that it was this failure which led to his eventual tragic downfall.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 155 x 235mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 20 plates, 1 line drawing
  • 0500279861
  • 9780500279861

Table of contents

The Hapsburgs, Bohemia and the Empire; the politics of Rudolf; the religions of Rudolf; the Hapsburgs, Bohemia and the humanist culture; Rudolf and the fine arts; Rudolf and the occult arts; Prague mannerism and the magic universe.
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