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  • Monday, September 16, 2019
  • 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
  • H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies

Moving Towards a Transregional Perspective: The Reformation of Marriage and Acts of Non-Conformity in Dutch-Speaking Reformed Refugee Communities, 1568-1600

Over the last fifty years, historians of the Reformation have made great strides in reappraising the influence of sixteenth-century religious reforms on the institution of marriage. By utilizing civic and state records, historians of the 1990s moved beyond earlier narratives that stressed a strictly positive legacy of the Protestant Reformation concerning marriage by uncovering evidence that showed how religious reforms did little to change popular practices. However, if the Reformation failed to significantly alter the institution of marriage in the sixteenth century, did Reformed theologians' calls to purify society have any real influence on marriage practices in early-modern Europe? This presentation investigates how sixteenth-century Reformed refugees utilized spatial boundaries, or the lack thereof, to marry or abandon spouses outside of their local congregations in England and the German Rhineland.

Presented by Daniel H. Fogt, Student Research Fellowship Recipient and PhD Candidate at Washington State University

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm in the H. Meeter Center, Hekman Library, 4th Floor.  Refreshments will be served.

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