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1 The Diet of 1526 consolidated reforming influences in Germany. It decreed that each Prince should order ecclesiastical affairs in his own State in accordance with his conscience.

2 The Diet of 1529 was controlled by a Catholic majority. It passed legislation to end all toleration of Lutherans in Catholic districts. Five Princes and fourteen cities made a formal ‘protest’; henceforward the Reformers were known as ‘Protestants’.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.


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