Eras Journal – Schilling, R. Abstract

Abstract of Schilling, R. “‘Homagium’ or Hospitality?: The Struggle for Political Representation in Bremen Around 1600”.

The analysis of political representation in city republics is based upon the assumption that the two principles of territorial and city state geneses radicalized themselves around confessional-political frontlines from the turn of the sixteenth century and throughout the seventeenth century. Cities responded to the pressure of the neighbouring powers by reformulating political concepts and symbols. This essay demonstrates – using Bremen as a case model – how these reformulations were expressed by analysing the different concepts connected to the descriptions of a sole event, the bishop’s entrée in Bremen in 1580. These statements reveal how the council members of Bremen reacted towards this event which threatened the city’s independence: they separated the bishop’s political representation by symbolically marginalizing his presence in the city and by further promoting the city’s confessional segregation.