“The birth-pangs of a new nation state: William of Orange and the Dutch Revolt 1568-1576”

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 18th April 2019

Time: 8 pm

Venue: Fellowship House, 136a Willifield Way, NW11 6YD,

Description: Our previous proposed speaker (Christopher Tyerman) has had to cancel. So we are scheduling a Talk by Dr Alastair Duke on William of Orange and the Dutch Revolt. Dr Alastair Duke, though now retired, has long been recognized as one of the leading scholars of the early modern Netherlands, known internationally for his important works on the impact of religious change on political events. He has written extensively on his subject, including “Reformation and Revolt in the Low Countries” (2003) and, most recently “Dissident Identities in the Early Modern Low Countries” (2016). He has also translated numerous Dutch and French documents which can be found at: http://www.dutchvolt.leidenuniv.nl. His talk will be on William of Orange and the Dutch Revolt. The focus will be on William's religious policy and his concern to present this as a patriotic, rather than a religious, struggle. It will be entitled 'The Birth-pangs of a new nation state: William of Orange and the Dutch Revolt 1568-1576'. It will thus cover the opening years of the Revolt. Though a short period, it may be the one with the greatest interest to a British audience.

How to book: No need to book

Price: £3

Tel: 07793229521

Email: jeremyberkoff@mac.com

Organiser: Jeremy Berkoff, Chairman

Lecturer: Dr Alastair Duke, Emeritus Reader in History, University of Southampton

Region: London

Branch: Hampstead and North West London

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