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 […]

Title page from Theses theologicae de septimo capite ad Romanos

Fools Rush In: A Rare Franeker Thesis and the Preservation of Orthodoxy

By Forrest Strickland | It is often the case that many printed items from the early modern world that are now especially rare were some of the most ubiquitous in their day. Newspapers, academic disputations, ordinances, devotional books—the kinds of works that kept printers afloat—were intended to be read, shared, and eventually discarded. Seldom were […]