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Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots: The Political Culture of the Dutch Revolt
by Peter Arnade
The Dutch Revolt has long been hailed as the triumph of political freedom over monarchical tyranny. In 1781, John Adams observed that the American Revolution was its "transcript." Known for its many protagonists King Philip II, the Duke of Alba, the counts of Egmont and Hornes, radical Calvinists, obstreperous townspeople, and William of Orange the Dutch Revolt brought int ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Cornell University Press
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Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots is an account of the shift from a series of dukedoms dependent on an uncompromisingly Catholic sovereign to a more conscious and collective set of nations bent on religious and civic reform. Arnade begins by introducing the Dutch countries as a set of diverse counties, many of which struggle with subordination, often prompting revolt, which in turn earns it prompt royal retaliation and often humiliation. The primary sovereigns in question are the Holy Rom ...more