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Shifting religious landscapes: Spain and religious change in Europe

Primary sources
Charles V, Statement on Luther, in Cowans, J., Early Modern Spain, A Documentary History (Philadelphia, 2003), pp. 49-50.
The Peace of Augsburg of 1555, available online at

Core readings

Dandelet, Thomas, Spanish Conquest and Colonization at the Center of the Old World: The Spanish Nation in Rome,
1555-1625, The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 69, No. 3 (Sep., 1997), pp. 479-511

Simon Ditchfield, Catholic Reformation and Renewal, available at

Decentring the Catholic Reformation, Papacy and Peoples Papacy and Peoples in the Early Modern World available at

Flynn, Maureen, Rituals of Solidarity in Castilian Confraternities, Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, New Series / NouvelleSérie, Vol. 13, No. 1, Confraternities in the Renaissance / Les Confraternités à laRenaissance (Spring / printemps 1989), pp. 53-68.

Further Readings
Megged, Amos, Exporting The Catholic Reformation, Local Religion in Early-Colonial Mexico (Leiden, 1996).

Key Questions
• In what ways did the Reformation affect the Habsburg world?
• What was the Spanish contribution to the Catholic Reformation?
• What was the relationship between the Catholic Reformation and the Spanish Empire?

Historiographical theme: history of religion