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The Literature of the Arminian ControversyReligion, Politics and the Stage in the Dutch Republic$
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Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749738.001.0001

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The Spectre of Civil War

The Spectre of Civil War

Literary Reactions to the Death of Oldenbarnevelt

(p.145) 4 The Spectre of Civil War
The Literature of the Arminian Controversy

Freya Sierhuis

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 examines the torrent of pamphlets that accompanied the fall from power of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. Most of the pamphlets produced immediately before and after the Prince of Orange’s coup d’état and the execution of Oldenbarnevelt show an intensification of the earlier political and religious debate, as both parties (Remonstrants and Contra-Remonstrants) now regarded Holland’s liberties and privileges, as well as the nature of its Reformed Church, as being under direct threat. Examining the writings of the Remonstrant minister Hendrik Slatius, whose role in the attempt on the life of Prince of Orange would eventually bring him to the scaffold, it analyses how the political pressures of Maurits’s coup d’état led to the first articulation of an anti-Orangist argument, thus challenging the dominant consensus which views the development of a republican argument as a phenomenon of the 1650s.

Keywords:   Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Maurits, Prince of Orange, Synod of Dort, Paschier de Fyne, Slatius, Hendrik, print culture, vengeance in literature, tyrannicide, republicanism

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