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Calvinists and Libertines: Confession and Community in Utrecht 1578-1620

Benjamin J. Kaplan


After the Reformation, the Dutch Republic emerged as the most religiously tolerant country in 17th-century Europe. This book examines the reasons behind this phenomenon, focusing on the struggle of Calvinist reformers to realize their theocratic aspirations in the Netherlands, and the fierce opposition offered to them by a large, amorphous group of people known as ‘Libertines’. Nowhere was this struggle more intense than in Utrecht, a city at the heart of the Dutch Reformation. The book illuminates the nature of this conflict through a study of the city and people of Utrecht, examining social ... More

Keywords: Reformation, Dutch Republic, Calvinist reformers, the Netherlands, Utrecht, confessionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin J. Kaplan, author
Brandeis University, Massachusetts