Latin expressions explained: « Cujus regio, ejus religio ».

Latin expressions explained: « Cujus regio, ejus religio ».

This formula derives from the Peace of Augsburg in 1555 (suspension of hostilities between Catholic and Protestant German states), and is reaffirmed by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 (end of the Thirty Years War). It establishes the principle: as the prince, so the religion.

This provision aimed to allow confessional and religious unity in a territory in the German part of the Holy Roman Empire, torn apart by religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. Cujus regio ejus religio , « as the prince, so the religion », consecrates the spiritual and religious power of the prince over his territory. He directs the religion of his subjects. Therefore, it is a victory for the Protestants.

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