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Introduction

Judith Pollmann

in Catholic Identity and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1520‐1635

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609918
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729690 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609918.003.0001

Series: The Past & Present Book Series

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This book revolves round two questions. The first concerns the seemingly passive way in which Catholics responded to Calvinist aggression in the early decades of the Revolt; the second aim is to account for the very active support that laypeople in the Southern Netherlands, after 1585, began to show for a Catholic revival that turned the Habsburg provinces into the Northern European capital of the Counter-Reformation. The introduction explains why existing explanations do not suffice, and discusses the sources – diaries, memoirs, amateur poetry, plays and pamphlets – that make it possible to build the study around the voices of individual Catholics rather than the records of their institutions.

Keywords: historiography; counter reformation; Dutch Revolt; Netherlands; diaries; memoirs; poetry; pamphlets

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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