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7 Bodin in the Netherlands

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This chapter examines evidence of Jean Bodin's influence on two political pamphlets of the late 1570s. It explores Bodin's reception of the Revolt, as an eye witness at its most crucial stage when the rebels gave up on the idea that a new sovereign could be found. The chapter argues that Bodin's perception of the government of the Low Countries changed from that of monarchy by way of an anomalous to that of a government. Changes from the French to the Latin editions of the République and Bodin's rarely consulted personal correspondence to document his changing views. Bodin's personal involvement as one of Anjou's councillors makes this more than a matter simply of reception. Bodin's response to events unfolding in the Netherlands offers a measure par excellence to assess the different ways in which the Low Countries can be incorporated within a Bodinian framework.

Keywords: Jean Bodin; Netherlands; République



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