Architecture and Elite Culture in the United Provinces, by Hanneke Ronnes

By Hanneke Ronnes

This learn goals to explain options of chateau within the Netherlands, England and eire in either previous en current occasions. the 1st a part of the publication examines present, respectively, educational, nationwide and private appropriations of 'castle'; the second one half strikes into the prior, juxtaposing elite tradition and the spatial enterprise of sixteenth and seventeenth century family structure.

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It is not only apparent that they varied terms such as lodge, house and castle; their examples moreover provide insight into the defensive purposes these men ascribed to buildings that are usually not imbued with martial meanings, such as ‘lodges’ and ‘houses’. Huygens Jr. noted about Irish tower-houses that ‘most of these houses are built as strongholds, in a strange Irish fashion’ (Huygens Jr. 1876 [1688-1696], 294; my translation). According to the Earl of Clanricarde, the house of Terrellan was the ‘securest place’ for his wife.

The Civil War started following continuous disagreements between King Charles I and his parliament over their respective claims to power. Eventually this led to the beheading of the king in the midseventeenth century and to a republican phase, unique in the history of England. Oliver Cromwell led the new Republic, yet it was soon recognised that a Republic was not what the English wanted, resulting in an invitation to the throne sent to Charles’ son, then living in exile on the Continent. Charles II, who remained king for the next twenty-five years, is best known for the debauches he partook in as well as for his religious wavering; for the first time since ‘bloody Mary’ a century earlier did Protestantism in England seem at risk.

A national(istic) perspective on castles is perhaps even more prevalent in the presentation of castles to the wider public, in castle museums, the educational curriculum and various multimedia. The impact of the application of such nationalistic canons of history on representations of castles is the subject of this chapter. National Histories Most of the canonical moments of the national histories of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, The Netherlands and Ireland transpire on a macrolevel within the political realm.

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