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Manhood, Marriage, and MischiefRembrandt's 'Night Watch' and Other Dutch Group Portraits$
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Harry Berger

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225569

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823225569.001.0001

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Male Bondage and the Military Imperative

Male Bondage and the Military Imperative

(p.113) 7 Male Bondage and the Military Imperative
Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief

Harry Berger Jr.

Fordham University Press

The institution of the militia guild or civic guard company has a pedigree reaching back to the fourteenth century in the northern Netherlands. Grayson's pointed out that after 1572 the militia guilds in a number of Holland's cities began to acquire political influence precisely because they did not interfere when city authorities declared for William of Orange. The “function” is considerable disagreement among scholars about the extent and importance of the militia's military function. Historians often use the militia portraits as evidence for their characterizations of the militias, and even here there are disagreements. Nanette Salomon has gone so far as to claim that in the visual arts there are “images of women dominating men,” whether in or out of marriage.

Keywords:   militia guild, Netherlands, J. C. Grayson, Holland, William of Orange, civic guard, Nanette Salomon, women, men

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