1st Edition

Anglo-Dutch Connections in the Early Modern World

    358 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This ground-breaking collection reveals the networks of interrelation between Early Modern England and the Dutch Republic. As people, ideas and goods moved back and forth across the North Sea – or spread further afield in the vanguard of globalisation and empire – Anglo-Dutch relations shaped all aspects of life, with profound implications still relevant today.

    A diverse range of expert scholars share new research in their discipline, ranging across technology, trade, politics, religion and the arts. Different aspects of this history of competition, alliance, migration and conflict are taken up by each chapter, providing the reader with detailed case studies as well as the broader background and its historical roots. 

    Anglo-Dutch Connections in the Early Modern World aims to be both accessible and innovative. It will be essential to students and researchers interested in European politics, intellectual history, and shared Anglo-Dutch society, while showcasing current research in multiple facets of the Early Modern World.




    Biographies of Contributors

    List of Figures


    Sjoerd Levelt, Esther van Raamsdonk, and Michael D. Rose, ‘Introduction: Most Ancient Allies and Familiar Neighbours’

    Travel, Language, and Education

    1. John Gallagher, ‘Anglo-Belgica: Reading Anglo-Dutch Histories in Multilingual Conversation Manuals’

    2. Alan Moss, ‘Let Whitehall Shake: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Travelogues on War and Turmoil in England’

    3. Martine Zoeteman-van Pelt, ‘British Students at Leiden University’

    4. Ineke Huysman, ‘The English Travels of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687)’

    Immigration, Empire, and Colonialism

    5. Su Fang Ng, ‘The "Amboyna Massacre" Through Native Eyes’

    6. Deborah Hamer, ‘Sex in the City: Anglo-Dutch Relations in Seventeenth-Century Batavia’

    7. Silvia Espelt-Bombin and Martijn van den Bel, ‘" Going Wild" Early Seventeenth-Century Dutch and English Interest on the Oyapock River’

    8. Jelle van Lottum and Lodewijk Petram, ‘In Search of Strayed Englishmen: English Seamen Employed in the Dutch East India Company in the Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries’

    News, Letters, and War

    9. Gijs Rommelse, ‘The Proprietorship of the Sea during the Anglo-Dutch Wars, 1652-1674’

    10. Jack Avery, ‘Prorogations and Perorations: Reading News about Parliament in the United Provinces, 1672-1674’

    11. Yann Ryan and Esther van Raamsdonk, ‘What is "Dutch" in the Stuart State Papers?’

    Print Culture

    12. Sjoerd Levelt, ‘"How the English nation derived mostly from the Dutch" – The Study of Old Dutch and the Development of the Printing of Old English’

    13. Hanna de Lange, ‘Print and Piracy: The Publication History of John Selden’s Mare clausum

    14. Martine van Elk, ‘Anglo-Dutch Exchange and Book History: Early Modern Female Stationers Crossing Borders’

    Literary and Diplomatic Exchange

    15. Alisa van de Haar, ‘From Antwerpen to London and back via Paris: Jan van der Noot’s Theatre Connecting People and Languages’

    16. Nigel Smith, ‘Focquen-wat? Dutch and English Libertine Poets’

    17. Nina Lamal, ‘"In sight of the whole world": Public Diplomacy and the Anglo-Dutch Community in Livorno in 1666’

    Religious Pluralism and Radicalism

    18. Silke Muylaert, ‘Fast and Prayer Days in the Stranger Churches: Spiritually Supporting the Dutch Revolt (1568-1600)’

    19. Gary Waite, ‘Seventeenth-Century English Writers on Dutch Nonconformists: The Cases of David Joris (George) and Menasseh ben Israel’

    20. Michael D. Rose and Esther van Raamsdonk, ‘Plockhoy’s Portable Utopia: Bridging Radical Circles in England and the Netherlands’

    Design, Technology, and Production

    21. Hentie Louw, ‘Architectural Relations in the Seventeenth Century: A Family Affair’

    22. Ulrike Kern, ‘The Dutch Painter and the English Virtuosi: Samuel van Hoogstraten and the Royal Society’

    23. Piet van Cruyningen, ‘Technology in a Hostile Environment: The Case of Cornelius Vermuyden’

    Jonathan I. Israel, Afterword




    Sjoerd Levelt is Senior Research Associate of the Leverhulme Trust project The Literary Heritage of Anglo-Dutch Relations, c.1050–c.1600, University of Bristol. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded the Society for Renaissance Studies Book Prize 2012 for Jan van Naaldwijk’s Chronicles of Holland. His most recent book, North Sea Crossings, co-authored with Ad Putter, tells the story of cultural exchange between the people of the Low Countries and England in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.

    Esther van Raamsdonk is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (University of Warwick), researching the politics of biblical translation and narrative in an Anglo-Dutch context. She published a recent monograph on Milton, Marvell and the Dutch Republic (Routledge, 2021). Before joining Warwick, she worked as postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded Networking Archives project. She has published in Renaissance Studies, The Seventeenth Century, Milton Quarterly, and Renaissance and Reformation.

    Michael D. Rose is a Researcher Developer at the University of Surrey. He writes on the intersection of philosophy and literature, completing a Ph.D. on Wittgenstein, poetry and the inexpressible in 2017. Publications include ‘I will draw a map of what you never see’ in Literary Studies and the Philosophy of Literature (Palgrave, 2016) and ‘The Wittgenstein Vector’ (Kadar Koli, 2016). He is commissioning editor of Spindlebox poetry press and co-ordinates the Surrey Arts and Humanities Research Group.