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Catholic Identity and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1520‐1635$
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Judith Pollmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609918

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609918.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Catholic Identity and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1520‐1635
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Judith Pollmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609918.003.0001

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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