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Dutch Humanists And The Medieval Past

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The medieval part of the History cannot be understood if the notion of forced tolerance is not kept in mind. The reason why Dutch humanists studied medieval history was to gain a better understanding of the position of the Church. In the Republic, religious controversy was between liberal and orthodox Calvinists about the interpretation of Calvin's doctrine of grace. It was Hugo Grotius who really established the Batavian myth as the secure foundation of the new Dutch state. The middle class began to organise itself in learned societies, reading circles and other educational associations which contributed to the formation of a new political consciousness that can be defined as a first sense of national feeling. Bilderdijk managed to erase the Middle Ages from Dutch national memory altogether, because of his stubborn persistence in presenting that era in the light of past struggles and outdated ideals.

Keywords:Bilderdijk; Dutch humanists; Hugo Grotius



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