Proclaiming the Dead: A Sole-Surviving Groningen Funeral Print

By Forrest Strickland | On 20 November 1615, the University of Groningen gathered to mourn the death of Eggricus Eggaeus Phebens. Phebens’ death was remembered in standard early modern tropes. His life, we are told, was one of piety, temperance, virtue and other laudable qualities. Temperance, honesty and modesty marked Pheben’s academic career: at the […]

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Recruiting Early Modern Students in the Dutch Republic

By Andrew Pettegree and Forrest Strickland |   The publishers of the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic produced some spectacular books, but the bread and butter of the trade, the work that kept the presses turning, were commissions from institutional customers: the state, city authorities and, increasingly, the universities. By the middle of the century the Dutch […]