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‘The Citizens Come From All Cities With Petitions’. Printed Petitions And Civic Propaganda In The Seventeenth Century

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This chapter explores elements of the political tracts issued before and after the deaths of Concini and the brothers De Witt based on the corpus of political pamphlets contained in the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Dutch Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The author findings support the proposition that the ritual of so-called 'tyrannicide' was an integral part of the culture of early modern Europe. In these periods of crisis, the anticipation and symbolic rehearsal of the deaths of the intended victims form characteristic features of pamphlets. The mutilation of the murdered bodies enabled the populace to take part in a symbolic cleansing of the past which anticipated the restoration of authority to those to whom it rightly belonged. The chapter describes and analyses these events in seventeenth-century France and the Dutch Republic.

Keywords:brothers De Witt; Concini; Dutch Republic; France; political pamphlets; seventeenth-century



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