Title: ‘Lost in translation’: The Histoires Prodigieuses in the context of the Dutch Revolt (ca. 1592-1670)
Authors: Janssen, Cara
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2016
Conference: Conference of the Renaissance Society of America edition:62 location:Boston, USA date:31th of March - 2nd of April 2016
Abstract: In French historiography the linkage between the chaos of the French Wars of Religion (1562-1598) and the success of prophetic texts has already proven to be right. However, taking inspiration from French prophecies, a similar connection between the Dutch Revolt (1566-1648) and the occult existed in the Spanish-Habsburg Netherlands. As a result, prophetic and prodigious prints were very well suited to get some grip on future uncertainties. This paper will disclose the literary circulation of Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires Prodigieuses between France and the Spanish-Habsburg Netherlands. Many questions regarding this type of cross-fertilization between Dutch and French prophetic traditions with respect to ‘cultural translation’ remain unanswered up to now. By analyzing the Antwerp editions of the Histoires Prodigieuses issued between 1594 and 1670, it will enhance our understanding about the distribution and alternation of prophetic print between France and the Netherlands in the context of the Dutch Revolt.
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Early Modern History (15th-18th Centuries), Leuven

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