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Bridging The Divide: The Disputation In The Hague (1583)

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The presence of the members of the Supreme Court at the disputation raised the debate's political implications considerably. The colloquy in The Hague had been preceded by a preliminary discussion, as had been the case in Leiden in 1578. These negotiations took place behind closed doors on 25 and 26 October 1583. The preliminary talks in The Hague were above all concerned with the public status of the colloquy. The difference of opinion between the commissioners and Coornhert shows that the impending debate was a source of considerable tension, with all the associated risks for public order, but that this had not quite been enough to scuttle the discussions. The commissioners refrained from any attempt to judge the pertinence of the arguments put forward by Saravia and Coornhert. The threat that the ministers of Delft and their colleagues saw in Coornhert's writings continued undiminished.

Keywords: Coornhert; Hague; political implications; Saravia; Supreme Court



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