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Disputation By Decree: An Introduction

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In the turbulent period of the Dutch Revolt the States of Holland regularly appointed ad hoc committees to draft or implement policy decisions. There are two unusual ad hoc committees that have not previously been recognized as such. They were instituted to manage two remarkable religious disputations between the man of letters Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert and a number of notable Reformed clergymen: Arent Cornelisz, Reginaldus Donteclock, and Adrianus Saravia. The disputations in Leiden and The Hague were spectacular affairs. The debates took place in public spaces and attracted a large audience. This chapter presents an alternative interpretation of the disputations under scrutiny, in line with the findings of a number of German historians regarding comparable disputations elsewhere.

Keywords: Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert; Hague; Leiden; religious disputation



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