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Living To The Letter: The Correspondence Of Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert

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Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert was involved in all the major religious conflicts in the Netherlands of his time. And although nowadays Coornhert is not very well known as a letter writer, this chapter shows that his letters must have been rather influential in his time. Letters were probably not the most appropriate vehicle for a controversialist like Coornhert, but during the decades after his death his contemporaries as well as his admirers were nevertheless greatly interested in his correspondence. The chapter examines Coornhert's correspondence, or what remains of it. It describes the character of his letters, their content and their aim on the basis of those written to Dirck van Montfoort, one of Coornherts oldest and best friends. Coornhert used almost every subject and event to expound his own religious ideas. Coornhert used his correspondence with such friends as Van Montfoort to develop new ideas and to propound his latest writings.

Keywords: Coornherts correspondence; Dirck van Montfoort; Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert; Netherlands



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