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The Alphen Pig War

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In Fratricide near Alphen or Pig War that occurred in the first Year of the New Spiritual Tribulation we see the garden of a country house. The imagery of the PigWar is puzzling and the enigma is further complicated by two poems, both using the same motif of ministers fighting pigs, and both dated 1674. The first is in Latin and bears the title Battle between some Ministers and Pigs. The second is a Dutch poem titled The Murder of the Pigs. The Alphen Pig War was a reminder of the destructive power of faction, especially in the Church. The notion gained ground at the end of the seventeenth century that freedom of conscience could be achieved only when religion was controlled by the power of the state: as portrayed by the sword at the foot of the tree.

Keywords: Alphen Pig War; Dutch poems; New Spiritual Tribulation; seventeenth century



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