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18:30 - 19:30 25 October 2016

2016 Annual Low Countries Lecture


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Rudolf Dekker, Center for the Study of Egodocuments and History

Join us for a fascinating talk on 'The Diary of Constantijn Huygens Jr (1628-1697), Secretary to King William of Orange: Life in London and The Hague seen through the eyes of a Dutch Pepys'.

Constantijn Huygens Jr, the secretary to Stadholder-King William of Orange, kept a diary during most of his life. In his diary he wrote about his private and professional life, about politics in the Dutch Republic and England, and about the military campaigns he witnessed, including the Glorious Revolution and the Battle of the Boyne. From 1688 to 1696 he spent much of his time in London. He wrote often about his interest in science and about his brot­her, Chris­taan Huygens. The diary also documents his role as book col­lector and as connoiseur of art. Finally, Huygens was a zealous chro­nicler of scan­dals and gossip, wich is why he has been called a Dutch Samuel Pepys. His secret diary is a unique egodocu­ment of the Dutch Golden Age.

With thanks to generous support from the Dutch Embassy.


Josephine Salverda


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