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Hadrianus Junius’ Batavia And The Formation Of A Historiographical Canon In Holland

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In this chapter, the hypothesis will be brought forward that the transition from one attitude to the other was accompanied by underlying changes in the historians' institutional and political context, and it will be argued that Hadrianus Junius, and especially his Batavia, played a key role in the shift to a new historiographical canon in a new environment. The age of Erasmus witnessed the first humanists who were successful in securing financial support from a noble patron, or in obtaining a position in the service of a city government or the Church. The important point here is that Janus Dousa contributed significantly to the canonical status of Junius' Batavia. The author argues that a good understanding of how Junius shaped the canon of historiography in his Batavia is crucial to an explanation of how attitudes towards the historiographical tradition in Holland developed in the course of the sixteenth century.

Keywords: Batavia; canon; Erasmus; Hadrianus Junius; Holland; Janus Dousa



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