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Douai. Town in N. France. In the 16th cent., when it formed part of the Spanish Netherlands, Douai was a gathering place for English recusants. William Allen established a college there in 1568 to train clergy for the English mission, and a translation of the Bible, still known as the Douai version (though much of the work was done at Rheims where the college was from 1578 to 1593, hence Douai-Rheims), was begun there.

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