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English Military Émigrés And The Protestant Cause In Europe, 1603–C. 1640

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The considerable numbers of soldiers from the British Isles who served in Continental European armies in the early to mid-seventeenth century have in recent years finally started to attract sustained historical scholarship. This chapter argues that English soldiers in the service of the Dutch, the Huguenots, and German Protestant princes in the period c. 1600-1640 were personally committed to Protestantism to a greater extent than is usually recognised and that we therefore need to give greater primacy to confessional considerations in assessing motivation. It concentrates on the officer corps, and takes a prosopographical approach. The question of motivation is, indeed, illuminated by reference to the experience of the other English military émigrés of this period, those fighting on the other side of the confessional divide.

Keywords: British Isles; Continental European armies; Dutch; English military émigrés; English soldiers; officer corps; Protestantism



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