Canalboats, Taverns, and Dutch Politics

  • Craig E. Harline
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 116)


A glance through any of the major pamphlet catalogues shows that most of the pamphlets published before 1600 were copies of official correspondence, edicts, diplomatic negotiations, treaties, and the like. Those treatises and commentaries which did appear were often sponsored by government-level figures on both the Dutch and Spanish sides. Some privately backed commentaries, “intercepted” letters, or fictitious bulls appeared as well, but governmental pronouncements dominated. Compared to many tracts after 1600, these early works are dry. Nevertheless, printed political news and commentary were still so novel that they were in great demand. According to contemporaries, the Three Popes, printed by Peter Warners and several others in 1566, was a very popular tract.1 Yet there is little in the pamphlet that can be called entertaining, since it consists largely of a summary of events. What no doubt intrigued people of the 1560’s and 70’s was the scattered but undisguised criticism of the Pope, Cardinal Granvelle, and the Archbishop of Lorraine. Unusual for its time, after 1600 such a tract would have been but a ripple in a large stream.


Dutch Society Dialogue Form Illicit Trade Spanish Side Dutch Republic 
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  1. 1.
    t Boecxken van De dry Pausen, met een warachtighe verklaringe van de men- ichfuldighe loose practijcken, zoo van dlnquisitie, als van het onderhouden der Placcaten ende anderssins, bij den Cardinael Granvelle met synen adherenten gheinventeert: enz. Buyten Roomen (n. p., 1580) {Kn. 549}, and number 550 are two reprints from 1580.Google Scholar
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    G. Schetz, Heer van Grobbendonck, Wesemael, etc.], Grondelicke Onder- richtingh aen de gemeene Ingesetenen van Nederlandt. Van tgroot gemack off ongemack, dat te verwachten staet, in dien men den Peys, na sulcken Artijkelen, als by de Cuervorsten … geraempt syn, aenneempt off affslaet (n. p., 1579) {Kn. 497}. Reprint in number 498.Google Scholar
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    Schuyt-Praetgens, Op de Vaert naer Amsterdam, tusschen een Lantman, een Hovelinck, een Borger, ende Schipper (n. p., {1607–08]) {Kn. 1450}. Reprints in numbers 1451 and 1452. A German edition in number 1453.Google Scholar
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    Den Nederlandtschen Bye-korf: Waer in Ghy beschreven vindt, a I tghene dat nu wtghegaen is, op de Stilstant ofte Vrede, zeer nootzakelijc om te lesen van alle hiefhebbers des Vaderlandts, waer wt men den Spaenschen aert mach leeren kennen, om altijt op syn hoede te wesen: beginnende in Mey i6oy, ende noch en hebben wy niet het eynde … (n. p., 1608) {Kn. 1474}. Two reprints in numbers 1475 and 1476.Google Scholar
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    Munsters Praetie. Deliberant Dum fingere nesciunt (n. p., 1646) {Kn. 5290}. Reprints in numbers 5291 to 5295. Though this pamphlet appeared after the Sea Chat, which will be discussed below, it is presented here because like the previous two it is about the peace talks.Google Scholar
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    Fransch Praetie. Sic vos non vobis (Munster, 1646) {Kn. 5297}.Google Scholar
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    I use the past tense in reviewing the happenings described in this pamphlet because this is the voice the author has used as well.Google Scholar
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    See the listings under numbers 5290 to 5295 for other issues in other collections.Google Scholar
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    Zee Praetien Gehouden by een Rentier, Winckellier, Zee-man, Boer, Heer, Pre- dikant, Coopman, Schrijver, Bode … (n. p., 1639) {Kn. 4626a}.Google Scholar

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