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Open Access 10. Between Storytelling and Patriotic Scripture. The Memory Brokers of the Dutch Revolt

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10. Between Storytelling and Patriotic Scripture. The Memory Brokers of the Dutch Revolt

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In the early modern period, history was meant to entertain as well as moralise: some stories were meant to amaze, others to horrify the reader. A good story articulated a clear message, a warning or a lesson, or if not, at least had to be funny. Seventeenth-century histories were expected to contain some references, facts and figures in order to be received as truthful. This chapter explores how the authors of such local histories tried to merge oral tradition with the 'patriotic scripture' that had emerged in the historical literature in the decades before. It summarises the problematic development of public memory after a civil war and the rise of canonic scripts in both the Northern and Southern Netherlands. The chapter also discusses two narratives of local heroism in the Northern Netherlands. It then deals with an example from the region of Douai in the Southern Netherlands.

Keywords: civil war; Douai; Dutch Revolt; Northern Netherlands; patriotic scripture; Southern Netherlands; storytelling

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