The harmonious relations which subsisted between the two branches of the Wettins were disturbed by the interference of Maurice in Cleves, a proceeding distasteful to the Saxon elector, John Frederick; and a dispute over the bishopric of Meissen having widened the breach, war was only averted by the mediation of Philip of Hesse and Luther.
Littre and others, with Comte's approval, published an appeal for subscriptions, and on the money thus contributed Comte subsisted for the remaining nine years of his life.
In the 16th century it subsisted in Italy, Spain and southern France.
And so it subsisted until the break-up of the monarchy.
This became the centre of fashion as well as of erudition in the southern capital, and subsisted long after its founder's death.