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2 - Grotius as Legal, Political and Diplomatic Official in the Dutch Republic

from Part I - Grotius in Context

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 September 2021

Randall Lesaffer
Affiliation:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Janne E. Nijman
Affiliation:
Universiteit van Amsterdam
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This chapter tracks Grotius’ career as an official serving the province of Holland and the city of Rotterdam up to his arrest in the late summer of 1618. After an introduction on his work as a lawyer in The Hague, his service as advocate-fiscal (public prosecutor) of the Court of Holland (1607-1613) and as pensionary of Rotterdam (1613-1618) is described against the background of the emerging religious conflicts within the Dutch Republic. A special section is devoted to Grotius’ diplomatic activities, especially his membership of a Dutch mission to London in the spring of 1613, where he tried to win king James’ support for the ecclesiastical politics of the States of Holland.

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Print publication year: 2021

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den Tex, J., Oldenbarnevelt (Haarlem, 1966–70), vols. 3–4; Abridged English translation: Oldenbarnevelt (Cambridge, 1973), vol. 2.Google Scholar
Israel, J. The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477–1806 (Oxford, 1995).Google Scholar
Le Bailly, M.-Ch., Procesgids Hof van Holland, Zeeland en West-Friesland: De hoofdlijnen van procederen in civiele zaken voor het Hof van Holland, Zeeland en West-Friesland zowel in eerste instantie als in hoger beroep (Hilversum, 2008).Google Scholar
Nellen, H.J.M., Hugo Grotius: A Lifelong Struggle for Peace in Church and State, 1583–1645 (Leiden, 2015).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Nellen, H.J.M., and Trapman, J. (eds.), De Hollandse jaren van Hugo de Groot (1583–1621): Lezingen van het colloquium ter gelegenheid van de 350-ste sterfdag van Hugo de Groot (‘s-Gravenhage, 31 augustus–1 september 1995) (Hilversum, 1996), especially the contributions by Huijbrecht and Smit.Google Scholar
Platt, E., Britain and the Bestandstwisten: The Causes, Course and Consequences of British Involvement in the Dutch Religious and Political Disputes of the Early Seventeenth Century (Göttingen [etc.], 2015).Google Scholar

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