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

Judith Pollmann

Oxford University Press

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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