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Lesson series ‘Fury after the Iconoclastic Fury’

Historian David van der Linden developed, in cooperation with the Pre University Academy, a lesson series for 4, 5, and 6 VWO. Students will try to solve a historical case: in 1562, an iconoclastic fury took place in Lyon. However, the guilty ones were never prosecuted. Students will examine this case and try to reach a verdict. They will also consider contemporary issues in dealing with this historical case. Should crimes from a distant past still be prosecuted? And is it not a better idea to forgive and forget after a civil war?

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Background Information

In the archives of Lyon, historian David van der Linden discovered a case that is central to this lesson series: the iconoclastic fury in Lyon (1562). One hundred years after the iconoclastic fury, prior Guillaume demanded compensation for the Catholic church. This case ended up in the hands of two chief commissioners, one protestant and one catholic. They had to reach a verdict in this case.

Students will take on the role of chief commissioners, they will have to judge the case. Through several assignments the students will receive the necessary information, evidence and arguments that they will have to connect to each other.

This lesson series is designed and developed by historian David van der Linden in cooperation with the University of Groningen. The series consists of three parts, each 50-70 minutes and suitable for students of 5 and 6 VWO. The contents of each lesson are clearly described in the teacher’s guide. There are also assignment-cards and video clips available for the students to use. The lesson series can be ordered for FREE and will be send to you via mail, ready to use.

What will the students learn?

  • How you do research as a historian: selecting sources, making connections and construct a historical account.

  • Realising the consequences of major historical events on the micro-level.

  • Using their knowledge in a fun way.


Fury After the Iconoclastic Fury: Part I

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