the Steps of Guido de Brès
de Brès (1522-1567) entered the history books as the
Reformer of the Netherlands. Influenced by Martin Luther's
writings which, thanks to the book printing, became available
all over Europe, de Brès followed the reformatory movement.
After studying in Lausanne he fled ton England in 1522, searching
for shelter against persecution together with other theologians
like Martin Bucer and John a Lasco. Back on the continent
he wrote the "Confessio Belgica", which he - 450
years ago - threw over the walls of the castle of Tournai
He wanted to
proof to the Governor of the Spanish Crown that the Calvinists are
no dangerous Anabaptists, but force a re-formation of the catholic
church. 1567 Guido de Brès was executed as a heretic in Valenciennes.
steps of this largely unknown reformer at this exceptional trip!
The first leg of your expedition takes you to Tournai.
The place where the house of Guido de Brès was is still to
see, also a hole in the town wall where he tuck away books and documents.
And of course you'll visit the tower of the castle where he threw
his Confessio against the walls.
The tour continuous
to Valenciennes, where De Brès was send to the gallows. The
siege of Valenciennes and its importance for De Brès is part
of the stories you will here during your visit. Dinner and overnight
in a hotel in Valenciennes.
Not far from Valenciennes is the town of Lille. Today it's
an important hub city in Northern France, back then it was the capital
of Lille-Flanders (the French speaking part of the Flanders principality).
Rihour from the 15th century was the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy,
seat of the Knights of the Golden Fleece. In the historic center
of the town, the Ilot Comtesse, you will visit Hospiz hospice. The
history of this hospital dates back into the 13th century.
Today we are travelling to Sedan. Here De Brès found
refuge in the castle of a fellow. Part of the unknown history is
that he was asked to join the diplomatic service to conduct religious
ceremonies. In this way he got in contact with wellknown persons
like Wilhelm of Orange and his court chaplain John Taffin. Sedan
castles is also known from later parts of history. It is here where
the Prussians captured Napoleon III in 1870 together with a part
of his army - a victory which paved the way for the formation of
the German Kaiserreich.
In the evening we'll go back to Valenciennes for dinner and overnight.
Passing Bergen, the birthplace of Guido de Brès,
the trip continuous to Antwerp. Here we will visit the historic
printing workshop of Plantin. Already in the 16th century it was
one of the leading printers in the Netherlands - the invention of
printing with movable letters was one of the most important factors
for the spread of the Reformation.
Overnight in Antwerp where the Reformation of the Netherlands was
started by Augustinian monks.
Transfer to the airport fro homebound flights, or start
of another leg of your tour of Europe...
... A tour
concept in cooperation with our Refo500-partner Historizon Reizen
in the Netherlands.
trip in a modern motor coach
Overnight stays in good hotels, Breakfast and Dinners included
tours in Tournai, Valenciennes, Sedan, Antwerp
and specialized tour guide
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Lu tours are the same. Our proposal for you might be different,
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