Converted relationships: Re-negotiating family status after religious conversion in the Nassau Dynasty

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Broomhall, Susan and Van Gent, Jacqueline. (2014) Converted relationships: Re-negotiating family status after religious conversion in the Nassau Dynasty. Journal of Social History. 47(3), pp. 647 - 672. https://doi.org/10.1093/jsh/sht111
AuthorsBroomhall, Susan and Van Gent, Jacqueline
Abstract

This essay examines four case studies from the Nassau dynasty in the early modern period to explore strategies that converts used to negotiate understanding from their family members for their religious choices and to re-define their relationships and status as members of the dynasty. It studies the strategies and words used by male and female members of the dynasty, Flandrine of Nassau (1579–1640), Johann Ludwig of Nassau-Hadamar (1590–1653), Johann VIII of Nassau-Siegen (1583–1638), and Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate (1609–1722), each of whom had converted to Catholicism. The essay argues that these conversions provoked different strategies of dynastic and familial management, each of which responded to the gender of the converts, their positions in the hierarchy, and the potential consequences of their conversions for the House of Nassau and its political alliances.

Year2014
JournalJournal of Social History
Journal citation47 (3), pp. 647 - 672
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0022-4529
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/jsh/sht111
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84894852581
Web address (URL)Journal of Social History
Page range647 - 672
Research GroupInstitute for Humanities and Social Sciences
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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