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Open Access 7. Celebrating a Trojan Horse. Memories of the Dutch Revolt in Breda, 1590–1650

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7. Celebrating a Trojan Horse. Memories of the Dutch Revolt in Breda, 1590–1650

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This chapter explains how the peat barge developed as the dominant memory of the Dutch Revolt in Breda during the seventeenth century. It investigates who was involved in this process, and asks why the sieges of 1625 and 1637 do not seem to have influenced the existing memory culture of the 1590 peat barge attack. The chapter explores the commemoration of the peat barge attack from 1590 until the end of the seventeenth century, and considers the evolution of this iconic event as a constitutive part of civic memory in Breda in order to show how this memory reached its iconic status. It also examines a wide range of material sources. Most of this material has already been described in an exhibition catalogue in 1990, during the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the peat barge attack.

Keywords: Breda; civic memory; Dutch Revolt; peat barge attack



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