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Marburg, University of
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Founded by Philip of Hesse in 1527 as the first Protestant university in Germany, the University of Marburg (renamed the Philipps-Universität in the 20th cent.) was a product of the Reformation in Hesse; it also met a territorial need and served to consolidate Philip's sovereignty. The establishment of a studium universale, without the customary papal privilege, took place in the context of an educational program promoting Humanism and the Reformation. Imperial approval – and hence recognition of university status – had to wait u…

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Schneider, Hans, “Marburg, University of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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