Joachim II, a moderate Catholic, becomes Elector of Brandenburg

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Historical Context Note

Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg acceded to the electorate on the death of his father, Joachim I. To receive his inheritance, his father made him promise to remain a Roman Catholic. However, his youngest brother, John of Brandenburg-Neumark, becomes a Protestant, and Joachim II himself also gradually converted to the Lutheran faith, not making his allegiance explicit until 1555, for fear of provoking confrontation with Emperor Charles V.
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Editors. "Joachim II, a moderate Catholic, becomes Elector of Brandenburg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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