The late 16th century (or “Late, Late Period” for us thoroughly SCA types) was an absolutely fascinating and remarkable period…but tragically few people know much of it beyond Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare!
This sense of national identity – just beginning to take shape during the years covered in this lecture – is particularly interesting. The Low Countries were a motley collection of distinct and separate provinces in northwest Europe (roughly modern day Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). At the beginning of the Revolt, they were united only in common Habsburg political structures forced upon them and little more.
- Goal: For this class, my goal is only to impart some knowledge on a lesser-known part of history and, selfishly, provide some context around what has made me so fascinated with this time and place in particular.
- Class Length: One Hour