Bratrská konfesijní příslušnost Skrbenských z Hříště v kontextu rekatolizace Horního Slezska po porážce Stavovského povstání
The confessional affiliation of the family Skrbenský of Hříště to the unity of brethen in the context of the recatholization of Upper Silesia in the post-White Mountain Bohemian lands
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The study deals with the contribution of the members of the Family Skrbenský of Hříště from Upper Silesia to preserving the tradition of the Unity of Brethren in the Bohemian Lands during the period following the Battle of White Mountain, that is during the period when the Bohemian and Moravian Brethren congregations ceased to exist and the members of the Unity of Brethren left for a foreign exile (mostly for Hungary and Poland) or converted to Catholicism. The study observes the overall genesis of the Skrbenský Family’s affiliation to the Calvinist confession or rather to the Unity of Brethren already during the period preceding the Battle of White Mountain. During this period, the main representative of the family was Jan Elder [II] Skrbenský, the Lord at Fulnek, a prominent figure of the Moravian uprising of the estates and an important supporter of the Unity of Brethren congregation in Fulnek which was headed by John Amos Comenius. The study furthermore discusses particular manifestations of the affiliation with the Unity of Brethren in the case of the family members coming from Upper Silesia (Cieszyn, Opava) during the period from the defeat of the uprising to the beginning of the 18th century, their contacts with the exiles in Hungary, Silesia and Poland as well as their de facto unsuccessful struggle with the Jesuit re-Catholicization of the Opava region during the 1670’s.
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