Stories of Dordrecht (no. 7): The Saint Elizabeth Flood


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In the seventh edition of the 'Verhalen van Dordrecht' (Stories of Dordrecht), the story of the Saint Elizabeth flood is described. No first-hand accounts of this flood are known. Therefore, the story of this flood took on mythical forms.

However, that 100,000 people drowned in this flood, as stated in some writings, is almost certainly an exaggeration. But thanks to historical and archaeological research, a reasonably reliable reconstruction can be made. This booklet gives an idea of the current views on this flood, which had great consequences 600 years ago.