A Catholic International, or Transregional Catholicism? Print, Exiles and Hosts in and beyond the Cambrai Borderlands (1559–1659)

Lecture | April 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 250 Dwinelle Hall

 Violet Soen, University of Leuven

 Department of History, History of the Book Working Group, Dutch Studies

Quite early on, Reformation Studies have argued for a "Calvinist International" branching out through protestant exiles under persecution, yet over the last years Alexandra Walsham has pointed out similar processes emanating from Catholic English exiles settling on the continent. If we have come to acknowledge the importance of English exiles arriving in Douai and Saint Omer, buttressing a "Catholic International" in the early modern era, we still know virtually nothing about their interactions with the host society in the ecclesiastical province of Cambrai, as well as about their exchanges with exiles from France or from more northern parts of the Low Countries. Through the lens of print culture in Cambrai, an online database developed in Leuven provides now the necessary evidence to unravel the transregional dynamics in this border region between France and the Habsburg Low Countries. Hence, this lecture will discern the impact of the "Catholic International" on a local, regional and global level, and it will show that the melting pot of Cambrai spurred a transregional Catholicism.

Violet Soen is Professor of Early Modern Religious History at the University of Leuven, Belgium and P.P. Rubens Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley Dept. of History.

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