Essays in Honour of Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser
Edited By Simon Rosenberg and Sandra Simon
The Printed Acta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechti as a Networking Tool
Janika Bischof, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden
Book gifts are important in creating and maintaining networks across borders. After the Synod of Dordt had concluded, presentation copies of the acts of the synod were sent to England. These gifts can be described as tools in the effort to strengthen the network of the Reformed faith in Europe.
A year after the Synod of Dordrecht concluded, presentation copies of the Acta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechti were sent to England to be presented to King James I, Prince Charles and Archbishop George Abbot. These gifts as well as the dedications in the printed editions of the Acta Synodi Nationalis can be seen as tools in the effort to strengthen the network of nations committed to the Reformed faith in Europe at the start of the seventeenth century. Presented and dedicated books played an important role in the context of establishing and strengthening networks across borders. Modern network theory can help the understanding of these interactions by giving us the terminology and tools to analyse these gifts and their place in a wider historic context.
In November 1618, Protestants from across Northwestern Europe gathered in the small city of Dordrecht (also referred to as Dordt) in the Netherlands to settle a religious conflict on the doctrine of predestination within the Dutch Protestant Church. The controversy had started in 1602 as “a theological dispute between two professors of the university of Leiden, Jacobus Arminius and Franciscus...
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