© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/187607508X366436 Grotiana 26–28 (2005–2007) 192–214 www.brill.nl/grot G R O T I A N A War, Piracy and Religion: Godfried Udemans’ Spiritual Helm (1638) Joris van Eijnatten Professor of Cultural History, VU University Amsterdam E-mail: email@example.com Abstract Th e Calvinist minister Godfried Udemans (1581/2–1649) is generally considered to be one of the more important seventeenth-century theologians from the province of Zeeland. He spe- cialized in writings for a broader public, including, in particular, publications on ethical and religious codes in trade and seafaring. Of his various writings on moral theology, ’t Geestelyck roer van ’t coopmans schip , ﬁ rst published in 1638, is the most important. Th e Spiritual helm appeared in print some thirty years after Grotius occupied himself with De jure praedae (the manuscript dates from 1604), but Udemans had already begun articulating his thoughts in 1608. It is instructive to examine the ethical writings of a contemporary of Grotius. It has been claimed that in the early modern period, Calvinism, especially in its English Puritan variety, did much to propagate the medieval traditions of holy war that to all appearances had been laid to rest by Spanish theoreticians
Grotiana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: GODFRIDUS UDEMANS; DUTCH REPUBLIC; HOLY WAR; PIRACY; MORAL THEOLOGY; ETHICS
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