The Cologne War (1583–88) devastated the Electorate of Cologne, a
historical ecclesiastical principality of the Holy Roman Empire,
present-day North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany. The war occurred within
the context of the Protestant Reformation in Germany and the subsequent
Counter-Reformation, and concurrently with the Dutch Revolt and the
French Wars of Religion. The conflict tested the principle of
ecclesiastical reservation, which had been included in the religious
Peace of Augsburg (1555). This principle excluded, or "reserved", the
ecclesiastical territories of the Holy Roman Empire from the application
of cuius regio, eius religio, or "who rules, his religion", as the
primary means to determine the religion of a territory. The conflict
coincided with the Dutch Revolt, 1568–1648, encouraging participation
of the rebellious Dutch provinces and the Spanish. The Cologne War
caused the consolidation of Wittelsbach authority in northwestern German
territories and in a Catholic revival on the lower Rhine. Importantly,
it also set a precedent for outside intervention in German religious and
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