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A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential by Paul Arblaster

By Paul Arblaster

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 rather small nations whose contribution to Europe's fiscal, religious and inventive background has been large. Their histories can't be written in isolation from each other, or from their neighbours.

In the 1st complete old survey of the Benelux quarter to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the full sweep of the heritage of the Low nations, from Roman frontier provinces via to the institution of the 3 constitutional monarchies of the current day. during this revised and up to date re-creation, Arblaster:

? contains the most recent scholarship and up to date occasions, bringing the tale correct as much as today
? offers clean insurance of immigration, multiculturalism, and the resurgence of nationalism within the Low Countries
? deals a short dialogue of the increase of secularism in Western Europe and the way this has affected the Benelux region
? outlines the nations' fresh fiscal successes and failures
? features a new record of political events and governments on the grounds that 1918

A background of the Low Countries is perfect for these looking a concise and readable creation to the background of a zone which, for hundreds of years, has been on the crossroads of Western Europe.

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With the king’s backing he not only preached to the pagans of the Low Countries, the Danube and the Pyrennees, but also tore down temples and idols to build churches and chapels where they had stood. Like many of these early missionaries, Amandus founded monasteries. He was involved in establishing more than a dozen in the Low Countries alone. These included the nunnery of Nivelles, where the ‘new place of sacrifice’ was transformed into a centre of Christian prayer and learning under the Frankish noblewoman Gertrude.

The king removed his foot and stated that he would rather follow his ancestors to Hell than gain Heaven without them. The title ‘Apostle of the Frisians’ goes to the Northumbrian missionary Willibrord, a monk of Wilfrid’s monastery at Ripon. He arrived in Frisia in 690. He worked under the protection of the Austrasian mayors of the palace, the ‘Pepinides’, whose effective power eclipsed that of the Merovingian kings they were eventually to replace. In 689 Willibrord received the land for a monastic foundation at Echternach from Pepin of Herstal’s mother-in-law, and further endowments followed from other members of the family.

In the 790s Scandinavian seafarers began raiding the isolated monasteries of the northern British Isles, and soon extended the practice to other coastal areas on a larger scale. During the reign of Charlemagne the military reputation of the Franks discouraged large-scale raids into their realm, but in 810, four years after his death, came the first major attack on Frisia, with 200 ships. In following years raids got more daring. With a largely agrarian population weakened by cycles of crop-failure and disease, it was difficult to resist the power of Viking armies fed on a high-protein diet of herrings.

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