MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union by Mau VanDurenMANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union by Mau VanDuren

MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union

byMau VanDuren

Hardcover | January 1, 2016

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"This lively and entertaining book begins a much-needed conversation about the modern history that our Founders knew so well and which our generation has largely forgotten." -- Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Scholar in Residence at Montpelier

“Using stories of pivotal individuals within this process, VanDuren reviews the creation of these layers of law that eventually inspired the framers of the U.S. Constitution. For instance, Frankish Queen Balthild’s reforms to land ownership in the seventh century led to Philips van Leyden’s 14th-century demand that rulers respect public interest . . . . . A fictionalized version of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia ties all these threads together. First-time author VanDuren delivers impressive research on individuals whose ideas guided the drafters of the Constitution.”  – Kirkus Reviews

“In this age of Google and Wikipedia, it is understandable that most see history as a pile of facts . . . VanDuren serves up a richer feast. He paints the history of modern democracy as a vast tableau that wanders from its origin in Europe to the United States. VanDuren shows that many of the earliest intellectual and political movers and achievements in this drama are Dutch.” -- Joe A. Oppenheimer, Prof. Emeritus, Government and Politics, University of Maryland

“Those who care about the future of democracy will appreciate Mr. VanDuren’s vigorous and rigorous examination of the way Dutch and English influences worked from the European Middle Ages down through New England, New Amsterdam, and New York to the Federalist Papers and the American Constitution in the late 1780s.” John C. Kemp, Plimoth Plantation.

Have you ever wondered why we practice separation of church and state? Or have secular marriage, or freedom of religion? Or enjoy democracy and the rule of law? And equality under the law? No taxation without representation? As Americans we hold these concepts dear. Our republic was founded on them and we find them in our Constitution, of which James Madison was the main author. Madison’s vast knowledge of history was supported by a keen understanding of human nature. Alone in his library, he studied ancient and contemporary nations, foremost the Dutch Republic. The American confederation had been modeled on it, and suffered from the same shortcomings. The people in whose footsteps he followed are the “Many Heads and Many Hands” who inspired Madison in his search for a “more perfect union.” From a cave in South Africa to the Roman Rhine, into Dark-Ages Paris, through the Burgundian lands to the marshes of Holland, and via the fields of England to the shores of America, this is a titanic story of scholars, pastors, princesses, generals, and common people too, striving over the centuries for security and freedom, and at last building a government that can promise both, within the confines of a just law.

Title:MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect UnionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:January 1, 2016Publisher:Northampton House PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1Timeline 10Chapter 1: Rules, Trust, and Laws 14Chapter 2: A Saxon in Paris 20Timeline 20South Saxon, spring of 643 22Paris, winter of 642/3 28Paris, late spring, or summer of 643. 33Paris, 650 37Paris, 654 40Chapter 3: A Realist in the Wet Lands 46Timeline 46Early Holland 46Leithon, the Netherlands, Middle Ages 50Holland, 14th Century 56'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1350s 59Middelburg, the Netherlands, 1355 61'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1355 63On the waters of Zeeland, 1355 64'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1355 69Chapter 4: Parliament Convenes 78Timeline 78Burgundy, 15th century 78Ghent, the Netherlands, 1477 83Ghent, the Netherlands, February & March, 1477 92The Union under Siege, 1480s 97Chapter 5: The Revolutionaries 103Timeline 103Dillenburg, Germany, 1535 104Breda, the Netherlands, 1544 105Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 1547 106Brussels, the Netherlands,1550 106Brussels, the Netherlands, 1555 107Brussels, the Netherlands,1559 109Dillenburg, Germany, October 1559 110Brussels, the Netherlands, 1561 - 1564 111Brussels, the Netherlands, 1565 - 1567 112The Netherlands, 1567 113France, 1567 114The Netherlands, 1568 114Heidelberg, Germany, 1568-9 117Padua, Italy, 1569-70 117The Netherlands, 1570 118Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1579 119'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1584 121Chapter 6: The Commoner Statesman 122Timeline 122'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1618 123The Netherlands, 1547 - 1573 125Risk and Rise, 1573 - 1586 126'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1609 129'sGravenhage, the Netherlands,Wednesday,August 29, 1618 129Thursday, March 7, 1619 134Spring, 1619 1364 pm, Sunday, May 12 1385 pm, Sunday, May 12 1395:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 1406 pm, Sunday, May 12 1408:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 14210 pm, Sunday, May 12 14310:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 14611:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 1471 am, Monday, May 13 1482 am, Monday, May 13 1484 am, Monday, May 13 1495 am, Monday, May 13 1507 am, Monday, May 13 1508:30 am, Monday, May 13 1519 am, Monday, May 13 151Chapter 7: The Congregationalists 155Timeline 155Hierarchy Challenged 155Cambridge, England,mid 16th century 158Virginia, America, late 16th century 159Scrooby, England, late 16th century 160London, England, late 16th century 161Scrooby, England, 1606 163London, England, 1607 164Boston, England, 1607 165Holland, the Netherlands, 1608 167London, England, 1609 168Leyden, the Netherlands, 1616 169Leyden, the Netherlands, 1617 171James Towne, 1619 175Southampton, England, 1619 176Chapter 8: The Atlantic Republics 185Timeline 185Birth of the Corporation, 1602 186American Diplomacy 187Plimoth Plantation, Monday, October 4, 1627 188Plimoth Plantation, October 5-onward, 1627 199Massachusetts, 1630s 206Frank Francis 206Rhode Island, 1630s 211Adroit Adriaen 212New Netherlands, 1640s 214The Netherlands, 1650s 224Manhattan, New Netherlands, 1650s 226Maryland and Virginia, 1650s 228Maryland and Virginia, 1660s 229Chapter 9: The Dutch Invasion 233Timeline 233The Narrow Sea 234'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1650-1668 237Betrayal, 1668-1672 239The Ascent, 1673-1676 242Mouthpiece, 1676 - 1685 243Number One, 1685-1686 249Smiley's People389, 1687-1688 250Planner in Chief, 1688 252Advocate, 1689 257Émigrés, 1689-1699 260Until Death Do Us Part, 1700-1709 263Chapter 10: The Framework 266Timeline 266Washington's Journey 271The Virginia Delegation 273The Clerk 275Canada, 1776 276Philadelphia, Friday, May 25, 1787 279Epilogue 285Bibliography 290Acknowledgements 302Reference 304Index 327About the Author 341Northampton House Press 342

Editorial Reviews

"This lively and entertaining book begins a much-needed conversation about the modern history that our Founders knew so well and which our generation has largely forgotten." -- Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Scholar in Residence at Montpelier"In this age of Google and Wikipedia, it is understandable that most see history as a pile of facts . . . VanDuren serves up a richer feast. He paints the history of modern democracy as a vast tableau that wanders from its origin in Europe to the United States. VanDuren shows that many of the earliest intellectual and political movers and achievements in this drama are Dutch." -- Joe A. Oppenheimer, Prof. Emeritus, Government and Politics, University of Maryland"Those who care about the future of democracy will appreciate Mr. VanDuren's vigorous and rigorous examination of the way Dutch and English influences worked from the European Middle Ages down through New England, New Amsterdam, and New York to the Federalist Papers and the American Constitution in the late 1780s." John C. Kemp, Plimoth Plantation.