This chapter is an introduction to Part IV of this book, which deals with political culture in the post-Reformation town. Several suggestions have been offered regarding the effects of the Reformation on the essential cultural aspects of urban life. The last chapters of this book tackle the broad issue of politics and political culture. Together, they explain how civic cultural activities were employed to legitimise the prevailing distribution of power, and to what extent and how successfully such cultural activities conveyed the essential civic virtues of harmony, order, and deference without the theological underpinnings of medieval Catholicism.
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