The German town of Emden was, in the sixteenth century, the most important haven for exiled Dutch Protestants. In this book, based on unrivalled knowledge of the contemporary archives, Pettegree explores the role of Emden as a refuge, a training center and, above all, as the major source of Dutch Protestant propaganda. He also provides a unique and invaluable reconstruction of the output of Emden's famous printing presses. The emergence of an independent state in the Netherlands was accompanied by a transformation in the status of Protestantism from a persecuted sect to the dominant religious force in the new Dutch republic. Pettegree shows how the exile churches, the nurseries of Dutch Calvinism, provided military and financial support for the armies of William of Orange and models of church organization for the new state. This book is a major scholarly contribution to our understanding of the origins of the Dutch Republic and the place of Calvinism in the European Reformation.
'as Andrew Pettegree emphasizes in his fascinating and excellent study, Emden and the Dutch Revolt, the immigrant typographers produced the Bibles and the devotional literature which were to have a decisive effect on the religious climate in the Netherlands.'
Times Literary Supplement
'Pettegree's book on Emden and the Dutch Revolt is a crisp and well written study. Pettegree provides a detailed analysis of the so-called "Wonderyear" of 1566 ... This book will undoubtedly provide a significant contribution to Reformation history in general and the history of the Dutch Revolt and Dutch Calvinism in particular. As such it deserves to be widely read.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
'Throughout the work the author demonstrates mastery of his abundant scholarly sources. This is the first major study which has been able to exploit Schilling's Kirchenprotokolle der reformierten Gemeinde Emden. This judicious, scholarly, lucidly written book is an important contribution not only to the history of Emden itself, but also of The Netherlands during the period of their greatest internal conflict, and of a significant aspect of
international Calvinism. The scholarly community has much for which to thank Dr Pettegree.'
Francis Higman, University of Geneva, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'This is a substantial addition to the growing literature on the exile movement in Reformation Europe. Pettegree relates all this with exemplary clarity and dramatic force. His summary judgement is that, internationally, the exile movement made available, in the middle decades of the sixteenth century when the fortunes of Protestantism looked bleak outside Germany and Scandinavia, an alternative to compromise and dissimulation. His book does much to help us
grasp the historic significance of this alternative.'
Gerald Strauss, Indiana University, German History, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1993
'he has written an admirably scholarly and lucid monograph on an important aspect of the Revolt of the Netherlands'
H.G. Koenigsberger, Professor Emeritus, King's College, London, European History Quarterly
'thoroughly researched monograph ... The history of this important refugee church has been admirably presented by Dr Pettegree in a very readable book which provides much material for reflection on the importance of refugee churches in the Reformation in general, and in particular of the Dutch and Walloon exile communities in England that also participated in the Dutch Revolt.'
Charles Littleton, University of Michigan, Huguenot Society Proceedings, XXV, 5 (1992-3)
'an informative and innovative book which, thanks to Pettegree's lucid style of writing, is also a pleasure to read ... with this study of Emden Pettegree, who has shown himself already earlier to be an author of great promise in the field of Dutch Reformation history, has done sterling work.'
Willem Heijting, Quaerendo 24/1 (1994)
`It is a tribute to Dr Pettegree that he has tackled a problem which has so many branches.'