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There's Scarcely A Day When My Heart Does Not Weep: The Anguish of Flemish...

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Guildhall Library

Aldermanbury

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EC2V 7HH

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The scarcity of correspondence from ordinary people in the sixteenth century makes the survival of the two collections of letters under discussion here especially remarkable. Through them we can eavesdrop on the lives of Netherlanders disrupted by the religious and political upheavals of the 1560's. Among the letters are a few from women left behind in Flanders and Wallonia when their Protestant menfolk sought refuge in London and south-eastern England. This talk by historian Dr Alastair Duke will focus on their poignant letters, which reveal both their tenacity as they confronted the difficulties of bringing up their families in an often hostile environment and demonstrate their literacy.

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