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Marshalling the sacred, 1598–1621

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/9780199609918.003.0007

Series: The Past & Present Book Series

Marshalling the sacred, 1598–1621

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After Albert and Isabella became Archdukes of the Habsburg Netherlands the fusion of the religious and the political became complete. Piety and political success were very much interwoven.. This lent the Archdukes’ campaigns to further the faith much of their urgency. The Southerners began to look upon miracles and other manifestations of the sacred as encouraging signs that God was at last willing to forgive His sinning people. In the meantime, the relationship between Catholic Southerners and the North became increasingly ambiguous. Memories of the revolt, the veneration of Catholic martyrs, and growing identification with counterreformation practices made it harder and harder for Southern Catholics to identify with the North. The Twelve Year Truce of 1609-1621 became a confrontation with the growing alienation between the Netherlanders North and South of the border.

Keywords: Archdukes Albert and Isabella; relics; Virgin Mary; martyrs; miracles; memory; sacred history; saints; lay appropriation; Netherlandish identity; Twelve Year Truce

Chapter.  15526 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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