Talk: The Nobility and the Church in Bohemia and Moravia
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After the decisive Battle of Mohács in 1526, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria became King of Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic) and the rule of the powerful Habsburgs began. The palaces of the Bohemian and Moravian nobility created a backdrop of unmatched splendour echoing their regional power, and the patronage of the Liechtenstein, Lobkowicz, Schwarzenberg and Waldstein dynasties was extraordinary. The Church too, under the Bishops Thurzo and Liechtenstein-Castelcorno, began to lay the foundations for the rich art collections in Olomouc and Kromeriz, which continued to flourish in the following centuries and are still impressive to this day.
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