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‘I, who used to serve as Jupiter’s lightning on earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), providentially assigned stadtholders and the politics of rational deception

Tom Laureys (UGent)
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This article aims to show that Geeraerdt Brandt's popular revenge tragedy De veinzende Torquatus (1645) engages with the political debates concerning the rightful succession of monarchs based on primogeniture, and - be it in a grotesque, even parodic way - the Calvinistic belief that the Dutch stadtholders were God's providential instruments, assigned to guide His chosen people. Subsequently, I show that the play offers a confrontation between two conflicting conceptions of power. The play's eponymous protagonist holds what I call an intellectual (idealistic) conception of power, in which man's rational faculty, including his capacity for rational deception, is all-decisive. This vision, though, clashes with the more physical (materialistic) conceptualization of power which Torquatus's antagonist Noron upholds.
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Geeraerdt Brandt, De veinzende Torquatus, Dutch stadtholderate, primogeniture, Hugo Grotius, natural law

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Laureys, Tom. “’I, Who Used to Serve as Jupiter’s Lightning on Earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), Providentially Assigned Stadtholders and the Politics of Rational Deception.” DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES, 2020.
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Laureys, T. (2020). ’I, who used to serve as Jupiter’s lightning on earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), providentially assigned stadtholders and the politics of rational deception. DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES.
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Laureys, Tom. 2020. “’I, Who Used to Serve as Jupiter’s Lightning on Earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), Providentially Assigned Stadtholders and the Politics of Rational Deception.” DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES.
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Laureys, Tom. 2020. “’I, Who Used to Serve as Jupiter’s Lightning on Earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), Providentially Assigned Stadtholders and the Politics of Rational Deception.” DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES.
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Laureys T. ’I, who used to serve as Jupiter’s lightning on earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), providentially assigned stadtholders and the politics of rational deception. DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES. 2020;
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T. Laureys, “’I, who used to serve as Jupiter’s lightning on earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), providentially assigned stadtholders and the politics of rational deception,” DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES, 2020.
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  abstract     = {This article aims to show that Geeraerdt Brandt's popular revenge tragedy De veinzende Torquatus (1645) engages with the political debates concerning the rightful succession of monarchs based on primogeniture, and - be it in a grotesque, even parodic way - the Calvinistic belief that the Dutch stadtholders were God's providential instruments, assigned to guide His chosen people. Subsequently, I show that the play offers a confrontation between two conflicting conceptions of power. The play's eponymous protagonist holds what I call an intellectual (idealistic) conception of power, in which man's rational faculty, including his capacity for rational deception, is all-decisive. This vision, though, clashes with the more physical (materialistic) conceptualization of power which Torquatus's antagonist Noron upholds.},
  author       = {Laureys, Tom},
  issn         = {0309-6564},
  journal      = {DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES},
  keywords     = {Geeraerdt Brandt,De veinzende Torquatus,Dutch stadtholderate,primogeniture,Hugo Grotius,natural law},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {‘I, who used to serve as Jupiter’s lightning on earth’ : Geeraerdt Brandt’s De Veinzende Torquatus (1645), providentially assigned stadtholders and the politics of rational deception},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03096564.2019.1615761},
  year         = {2020},
}

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