Stories of Exiles


Course Objective

The student
* knows the history of religious migration in early modern Europe
* has insight in the ways refugees framed their exile stories in order
to ascribe meaning to their experiences
* is able to read and analyze early modern exile stories

Course Content

The Sixteenth century reformation went hand in glove with outbursts of
religious violence. Many early modern persons felt forced to leave their
home-country and sought their refuge elsewhere. Sixteenth century exiles
tried to ascribe meaning to their forced migration. In their stories
they emphasized their suffering, identifying themselves as believers
that followed Christ's footsteps. Their suffering showed that they were
ready to bear Christ's cross. These exile stories had a profound
influence on the identity of the protestant churches: they started to
understand themselves as a suffering church. During this course we will
analyze some of these exile-stories in order to find out how these
exiles tried to create an image of themselves and their adversaries, and
how they understood their forced migration.

Teaching Methods

Working sessions.

Method of Assessment



N. Terpstra. Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World: An
Alternative History of the Reformation. Cambridge University Press,
J. Müller. Exile Memories and the Dutch Revolt: The narrated Diaspora.
Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016. See

Target Audience

Students of the track "Religious Migration" in the Research Master.
Master's students who are interested in history (of theology), life
stories and the history of migration.

Recommended background knowledge

Knowledge of European church history, esp of the early modern period.
Migrants wrote their stories in Dutch, French, German or Latin.
Knowledge of at least two of these languages is required.

General Information

Course Code G_RMRM05
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. M.G.K. van Veen
Examiner prof. dr. M.G.K. van Veen
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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