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Open Access 15. Permeable Memories. Family History and the Diaspora of Southern Netherlandish Exiles in the Seventeenth Century

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15. Permeable Memories. Family History and the Diaspora of Southern Netherlandish Exiles in the Seventeenth Century

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La Motte had served the city of London as an alderman and the local Dutch Reformed Stranger Church as an elder and deacon. In this function he had organised relief funds for persecuted Calvinists in Bohemia and Piedmont, and made vigorous efforts on behalf of his afflicted coreligionists on the continent. This chapter argues that it would be a mistake to consider them typical of migrant experiences of the past, without denying the existence of such memory ghettos. It shows that the numerous Southern Netherlandish refugees who left their homelands during the second half of the sixteenth century to escape religious persecution as well as military devastation did not live in such isolated memory ghettos at all. Exile memories and identities incorporated collectively shared narratives about the past of the inhabitants of their new hometowns.

Keywords: Bohemia; exile memories; La Motte; memory ghettos; military devastation; Piedmont; Southern Netherlandish refugees

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