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Early modern war narratives and the Revolt in the Low Countries$
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Raymond Fagel, Leonor Álvarez Francés, and Beatriz Santiago Belmonte

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526140869

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526140876

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Chaplains and soldiers: experience and narratives in the Low Countries (1567–1648)

Chaplains and soldiers: experience and narratives in the Low Countries (1567–1648)

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(p.167) 9 Chaplains and soldiers: experience and narratives in the Low Countries (1567–1648)
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Early modern war narratives and the Revolt in the Low Countries
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Vincenzo Lavenia

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526140876.00016

The long war in the Low Countries was both a testing ground and a turning point in the relationship between religion and war, soldiers and clergy. Here, a permanent chaplaincy for the pastoral care of the Spanish enlisted soldiers – the tercios – was established for the first time under Alessandro Farnese. On both the Catholic and the Protestant sides, dozens of books and pamphlets were printed to motivate the combatants in the service of their faith, and to discipline the armies’ behaviour. This chapter seeks to reconstruct the experience of the Catholic military chaplains before and after the establishment of the Jesuit missio castrensis led by Thomas Sailly. More specifically, it shows how the narrative of war, violence and death, and the role of the chaplains among the soldiery, changed between the early years of the conflict and the later phase after Farnese’s arrival.

Keywords:   Jesuits, war narratives, Dutch Revolt, Habsburg Low Countries, Catechisms, chaplains

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