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Myth, History, And Image In The Low Countries In The Sixteenth Century

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This chapter discusses the diversity between images and self-images, myths, and realities in Netherlands in 1549. There is some discrepancy between the self-image of a country's inhabitants and the image outsiders have of that country. The Low Countries constituted a geographical phenomenon and was seen as a collection of contiguous lordships with miscellaneous powers, laws and customs with nothing in common. The complexity of the Netherlands made it difficult to weld these lands together into one political unit. The creation of the 'Burgundian Circle' marked a further stage in state building. Since Antwerp was a city north of Alps with a population of more than hundred thousand, it had become the commercial metropolis of the west and focal point of demographic and economic growth of the Netherlands. Druon Antigon was a figure in the founding myth of Antwerp. The fall of Antwerp in 1585 was an economic and cultural disaster.

Keywords: Antwerp; Burgundian; Druon Antigon; Low Countries; myth



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