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The banishment of Beverland: sex, scripture, and scholarship in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic

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Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716) was banished from Holland in 1679. Why did this humanist scholar get into so much trouble in the most tolerant part of Europe in the seventeenth century? In an attempt to answer this question, this thesis places Beverland’s writings on sex, sin, Scripture, and scholarship in their historical context for the first time.

Beverland argued that lust was the original sin and highlighted the importance of sex in human nature, ancient history, and his own soc...

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