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Geuzen
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[German Version]

(Fr. gueux, “beggar”), originally a taunt, soon the self-designation of Dutch aristocracy who opposed Spanish domination and Catholic persecutions of believers in the last third of the 16th century. The designation probably originated when one of the advisers of the Governor General, Margareta of Parma, upon being presented with a petition concerning, inter alia, the abolition of the Inquisition on Apr 5, 1566, cried out: “Voilà des beaux gueux.” The aristocracy and soon also other champions of freedom adopted this designation as honorif…

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Strohm, Christoph, “Geuzen”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08601>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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