Why did families like the de Medicis patronize the arts?
What was the main reason many German princes supported Lutheranism in the sixteenth century?
They genuinely believed that the Catholic Church was preventing common people from forming personal relationships with God.
They realized it would be virtually impossible for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to con¬solidate his power over Germany if the region was divided on the basis of religion.
They were sure that Luther was the perfect embodiment of all the values they held dear.
Lutheranism supported German expansion into foreign territories, and the German princes were anxious to extend their authority to other territories.