The creation of a transnational, Calvinist network and it's significance for Calvinist identity and interaction in early modern Europe

Grell, Ole Peter (2009). The creation of a transnational, Calvinist network and it's significance for Calvinist identity and interaction in early modern Europe. European Review of History, 16(5) pp. 619–634.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13507480903262595

Abstract

This article argues that early modern Calvinism in particular can lay claim to a transnational space in history. It focuses on how a Calvinist transnational network came into existence during the second half of the sixteenth century. It points to the role of repeated persecution, exodus and emigration in shaping both Calvinist theology and culture. Without this transnational experience of repeated emigration and persecution the international solidarity of Calvinists across Europe would not have existed by the early seventeenth century and the pan-European relief work for suffering co-religionists in Germany during the Thirty Years' War would not have been possible. Taking its departure in the exodus of a number of prominent merchant families from Lucca in Italy in the 1560s it follows their history for the next couple of generations, showing first their Huguenot affiliation during their stay in France and their experience of the Wars of Religion. It then follows them via Frankfurt and Nuremberg to Antwerp and Stade in Northern Germany until they finally settled in Amsterdam and London. In this process it emphasises how they intermarried with other Calvinist emigrant families from Flanders (with whom they formed trading companies) and it highlights their active roles within the refugee Calvinist churches which sprang up in the cities where they resided.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 18775
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1350-7486
  • Keywords
  • Calvinist network; Lucca; Antwerp; Amsterdam; London
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2009 Taylor & Francis
  • Depositing User
  • Ole Grell

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