Early Modern letter-writing was often the only way to maintain regular and meaningful contact. Scholars, politicians, printers, and artists wrote to share private or professional news, to test new ideas, to support their friends, or pursue personal interests. Epistolary exchanges thus provide a private lens onto major political, religious, and scholarly events. Sixteenth century’s reform movements created a sense of disorder, if not outright clashes and civil war. Scholars could not shy away from these tensions. The private sphere of letter-writing allowed them to express, or allude to, the conflicts of interest which arose from their studies, social status, and religious beliefs. Scholarly correspondences thus constitute an unparalleled source on the interrelation between broad historical developments and the convictions of a particularly expressive group of individuals.
Jeanine De Landtsheer, Ph.D. (1993) in Classical Philology, K.U.Leuven, is Research Fellow at K.U.Leuven. She has published five volumes in the series Iusti Lipsi Epistolae (Brussels, 1991-2006) and is now focusing on a biographical study of Lipsius and his works.
Henk Nellen, Ph.D. (1980) in History, Radboud University, Nijmegen, is Research Fellow at the Huygens Instituut, The Hague, and Professor in the History of Ideas in the Early Modern period at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is co-editor of the final five volumes of
Hugo Grotius' correspondence (The Hague, 1990-2001) which consequently led to a biography on Grotius (Amsterdam, 2007).
"One of the precise contributions of this excellent book is to vividly and rigorously render the echoes of sixteenth and early-seventeenth century events in numerous learned letters. At the same time the authors provide some very enlightening analyses on the process of confessionalisation and its relationship to humanism."
BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, Volume 128-2 (2013), review 35
"This volume of essays provides a timely and valuable addition to scholarship on learned correspondence in the early modern period and is a very useful complement to the significant number of collections of letters now available online."
De Zeventiende Eeuw 28 (2012) 1,109-110
"Between Scylla and Charybdis offers an impressively learned but lively, readable, and often moving depiction of how confessionalization impacted scholarly individuals, families, networks, and institutions as well as the relations of church and state in Early Modern Europe."
Judith Rice Henderson,
The University of Saskatchewan
"The many case studies collected here render the volume interesting to students of humanist culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially in the Netherlands, the Holy Roman Empire, England, and France.
Nicolette Mout. In:
Church History and Religious Culture, Vol. 92, Nos. 2-3 (2012), pp. 401-403
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
PART I: HUMANIST LETTER WRITING BEFORE 1550: VARIOUS APPROACHES
Der neulateinische Bief als Quelle politisch-religiöser Überzeugungen: Theoretische Reflexionen zur Diskursivität einer ambivalenten Gattung,
Spiritual Dialogues and Politics in the
Correspondance between Marguerite de Navarre and Guillaume Briçonnet (1521-1524),
Erasmus and the Philological Study of the New Testament,
Chris L. Heesakkers
Juan Luis Vives and the Spectre of the Inquisition,
Correspondance et stratégie d’auteur: les lettres de François Rabelais,
Paul J. Smith
PART II: HUMANIST LETTERS AS A MIRROR OF THE REFORMATION
Translation in the Service of Politics and Religion: A Family Tradition for Thomas More, Margaret Roper, and Mary Clarke Basset,
Brenda M. Hosington
The Influence of the Protestant Reformation on Philip Melanchthon’s Letters of Recommendation,
Georgius Cassander: Searching for Religious Peace in his Correspondence (1557-1565),
Rob van de Schoor
Carolus Utenhovius: a Tale of Two Cities,
Andreas Dudith (1533-1589): Conflicts and Strategies of a Religious Individualist in Confessionalising Europe,
Livres, érudition et irénisme à l’époque des Guerres de religion: Autour de la
Ingrid De Smet
Topical Matters in Dedicatory Letters of Latin Plays in the Early Modern Netherlands,
PART III: LEARNED LETTER WRITERS IN THE NETHERLANDS AS WITNESSES OF THE DUTCH REVOLT
Between Philip II and William of Orange: the correspondence of Christopher Plantin (c. 1520-1589),
New Documents on Benito Arias Montano (1527-1598) and Politics in the Netherlands,
Antonio Dávila Pérez
Humanist Friendship, Politics and Religion in Marnix’s Correspondence just before the Fall of Antwerp: Inconstancy or Constancy?,
Rudolf De Smet
Living to the Letter: The Correspondence of Dirck Volckertsz. Coornhert,
Pius Lipsius or
Lipsius Proteus? ,
Jeanine De Landtsheer
PART IV: VICISSITUDES OF LATE HUMANISM
Shifting Orthodoxy in the Republic of Letters: Caspar Schoppius mirroring Justus Lipsius,
The Limits of Transconfessional Contact in the Republic of Letters around 1600: Scaliger, Casaubon, and their Catholic Correspondents,
Dirk van Miert
Between Scylla and Charybdis? Evidence on the Conversion of Christoph Besold from his Letters and his Legal and Political Thought,
Robert von Friedeburg
Franciscus Junius, F.F.: la question religieuse,
Breasting the Waves: Grotius’ Letters on Church and State,
Harm-Jan van Dam
At the Heart of the Twelve Years’ Truce Controversies: Conrad Vorstius, Gerard Vossius and Hugo Grotius,
Cor S.M. Rademaker
A Flaming Row in the Republic of Letters: Claude Saumaise on Hugo Grotius’s Crusade for Church Unity,
Public Poses Revealed: From Critical Edition to Revision,
An academic readership interested in the history of political and religious ideas in Early Modern Europe, the Republic of Letters, and the history of epistolography.