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Humanist Friendship, Politics And Religion In Marnix’s Correspondence Just Before The Fall Of Antwerp: Inconstancy Or Constancy?

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The correspondence of Philip van Marnix, Lord of St Aldegond, right hand of William the Silent, is extensive and varied. This chapter analyses a sample of letters from the period from 1582 to 1584. The style of this correspondence shows very clearly that Marnix can be considered the author of most of the letters sent out from Antwerp council or, conversely, as the main addressee of incoming letters. Some of these documents are published for the first time; most, but not all of them, were listed in Alois Gerlos inventory of the correspondence of Marnix. The chapter focuses on the correspondence, concentrating on humanist friendship, politics and religion as main points of interest. Apart from their correspondence there is still another element confirming Marnixs unchanged interest in his friend Lipsius, namely the contents of his library.

Keywords: Alois Gerlo; Antwerp council; humanist friendship; Marnixs letters; Philip van Marnix; politics; religion



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