chapter  16
The Edict of Restitution (1629) and the Failure of Catholic Restoration
Pages 12

The Edict of Restitution, promulgated in March 1629, at the height of Catholic military œžŒŒŽœœǰȱ Šœȱ‘Žȱ–˜œȱŠ–‹’’˜žœȱŠĴŽ–™ȱ‹¢ȱ–™Ž›˜›ȱŽ›’—Š—ȱȱŠ—ȱ‘ŽȱŠ‘˜•’Œȱ‘ž›Œ‘ȱ to restore German Catholic institutions lost to the Protestants during the previous century. The Edict sought to enforce a strict interpretation of the Ecclesiastical Reservation of the Peace of Augsburg of 1555, returning to Catholic possession a large number of monasteries, convents, and other institutions that had been secularised by Protestant states between 1552 Š—ȱ‘Žȱ˜ž‹›ŽŠ”ȱ˜ȱ‘Žȱ‘’›¢ȱŽŠ›œȂȱŠ›ǯȱ—Ž›™›ŽŽȱœ›’Œ•¢ǰȱ‘Žȱ’Œȱ›Žšž’›Žȱ‘Šȱ‘Žȱ archbishoprics of Magdeburg and Bremen, 13 bishoprics, and over 500 monasteries be returned to the Catholic Church.1