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Cunegonde's Kidnapping
A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment

Benjamin J. Kaplan

In a remote village on the Dutch-German border, a young Catholic woman named Cunegonde tries to kidnap a baby to prevent it from being baptized in a Protestant church. When she is arrested, fellow Catholics stage an armed raid to free her from detention. These dramatic events of 1762 triggered a cycle of violence, starting a kind of religious war in the village and its surrounding region. Contradicting our current understanding, this war erupted at the height of the Age of Enlightenment, famous for its religious toleration.

Cunegonde’s Kidnapping tells in vivid detail the story of this hitherto unknown conflict. Drawing characters, scenes, and dialogue straight from a body of exceptional primary sources, it is the first microh...

The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History

2014   312 pp.  30 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300187366  $30.00
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