1 juni 2017

Book chest escape

In the primary school history lessons of every child in the Netherlands is told about the escape in 1621 from Hugo Grotius (in Dutch known as Hugo de Groot) in a book chest, from Loevestein Castle where he was imprisoned. Lawyer, poet and politician Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) laid the foundations for international law. He served a controversially imposed life sentence from 1619 in the castle.
As he was still allowed to read and study, the necessary books were regularly brought to him in a book chest. In 1621 his wife hid him in this book chest and helped him to escape from the castle.

Apparently both the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft claim to have the original book chest in their collection. On the photo is the one we saw in Delft. What do you think, did we see the real book chest? ;)

12 opmerkingen:

  1. Ik heb er eentje in Slot Loevestein gezien! Er zijn er veel die beweren de originele te hebben, ik geloof ze allemaal :)

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  2. ...another interesting history lesson, thanks.

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  3. How interesting and slightly amusing too! Surely your photo show the REAL book chest!

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  4. It looks well crafted! I'm reminded of how many churches claim to have the relics of whatever saint that you end up thinking there must have been multiple versions of the same man.

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  5. A fascinating story! Perhaps those who know should finally get the truth off their chest!

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  6. het zou kunnen, maar ik betwijfel het Marleen

    groeten

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  7. Ik weet het niet. De grootste is vast de echte :-)

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  8. What a great story and mystery. Which one is the real chest, I say this one because you photographed it. Case solved! :)

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  9. This one is real! ;-) Great story.

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  10. Riveting facts about something I'v never before heard, Marleen. The chest you photographed is the real on!

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  11. I have a similar chest in my home, perhaps it's the real chest? A mystery!

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