Violence without borders: International religious conflicts during the Eighty Years’ War

Short lectures, music, and the book presentation of Jonas van Tol’s Germany and the French Wars of Religion, 1560-1572

22Jan2019 19:30


Religious conflict knows no borders. Five centuries ago this problem was already relevant. Judith Pollmann (Leiden) and Jonas van Tol (UvA) explain how early modern Europe was shaped by a series of interconnected wars of religion. News of violence in neighbouring countries had an enormous impact on the way in which domestic strife was explained. Fear of the danger of conflicts ‘spilling over’ strengthened the idea that something had to be done about the violence next door. But intervening in a civil war abroad was then, as now, more easily said than done.


The music of Duo Serenissima shows that transnational religious conflict also impacted on the arts. Singer Elisabeth Hetherington and lute player David Mackor play Airs de Cour: les parodies spirituelles; secular songs, composed for the French court, that became famous internationally and were appropriated into a renewed Catholic spirituality.

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Published by  Amsterdam School of Historical Studies