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Lecture: Heroism in the Dutch Republic


Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Speaker: FRANK DAUDEIJ (Rotterdam)
Subject: Heroism in the Dutch Republic

In an oration held on February 5, 1691, celebrating the return of Stadholder-King William III, Goverd Bidloo states that the only way Europe and the United Netherlands can save themselves from Louis XIV is by the deeds of the one and true hero of his time: King-Stadholder William III.

In this seminar, Daudeij will explore the use of the concept of the hero in the works of Goverd Bidloo, Ericus Walten, Gregorio Leti, and Romeyn de Hooghe. The concept of the hero is not only a pragmatic way to propagate Williamite policies to an interconfessional, international, and politically divided audience. It also shows that their cynical account of politics in general is based, paradoxically, on a deep trust in the ability of the Dutch people—de Nederlanders—to produce and to recognize their true heroes in times of turmoil.

Time: 3-5 pm
Venue: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein, L-Building, Room L5-098 (Desideriuszaal)

Admission is free. You are very welcome.