The reformation of the Netherlands during the 16th century has been studied from several perspectives. The emphasis in these studies lays with cities, based on ecclesial sources. However, research regarding the daily implementation of the reformation on the countryside is limited. This is mainly due to a lack of ecclesial sources in these areas. This research project focuses on small villages in the area: ‘het Eemland’, in the North-Eastern part of the province Utrecht. The reformation hit this area after the Western provinces (post 1581), and it was only after the synod of Dordrecht (1619) that the ‘classis’ structure is formed. Eventually, a few of the villages became predominantly Calvinistic, while other villages maintained a larger minority, or even majority of Catholics. The main research question for this project is: How has the process of the diverse reformations taken place within the smaller villages of the Eemland between 1520-1620 and which factors influenced the development of the religious relations visible after 1620? To answer this question, the current study makes use of both ecclesial and non-ecclesial sources.
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