In the course of my Family and Local History studies at the University of Dundee, I purchased a recommended book: C.R. Cheney, ed., A Handbook of Dates for Students of British History, revised (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
While the title indicates it is meant for students of British history, most of the content is usable in the Netherlands too. Some of the topics I find especially useful for research in the Netherlands are:
- French Republican calendar, with the names of the months, start dates, years, etc.
- Easter day calculations for different calendars
- names of Saints Days, especially useful for medieval research
- Explanation of the Julian and Gregorian calendar
- adoption dates of the Gregorian calendar for different provinces of the Netherlands.
I find myself using the book at least once per week for my research. A few weeks ago, I used it to determine the date for a ship’s departure, the week before Easter in 1633. It has quickly become one of the most-used books in my library.
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