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Family, Culture and Society in the Diary of Constantijn Huygens Jr, Secretary to Stadholder-King William of Orange by Rudolf Dekker (review)

Family, Culture and Society in the Diary of Constantijn Huygens Jr, Secretary to Stadholder-King... REVIEWS Rudolf Dekker, Family, Culture and Society in the Diary of Constantijn Huy- gens Jr, Secretary to Stadholder-King William of Orange. Leiden: Brill, 2013. 195 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-25094-9, $136.00. The Dutch historian Rudolf Dekker has had a keen eye for popular culture and eyewitness accounts of history throughout his career. Having published on, among other things, popular risings, cross-dressing, humor, childhood, and education in the early modern period, Dekker now presents us with an introduction to an extraordinary and extensive seventeenth-century diary, written by Constantijn Huygens (1628–1697), secretary to stadholder-king William of Orange, between 1649 and 1696 in Dutch and French (unfor- tunately an English translation is not available). Even though they did not belong to the nobility, the Huygens family was well known at the time: Con- stantijn’s father, Constantijn Huygens Sr., was secretary to Frederik Hendrik, prince of Orange, stadholder of the Dutch Republic, as well as serving as a diplomat. A connoisseur of paintings and a great poet, he corresponded with many infl uential men in Europe and was a friend of Descartes and Spinoza. His brother Christiaan Huygens was a famous scientist, whom Constantijn Jr. assisted with his astronomical research. Christiaan invented a new type http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Family, Culture and Society in the Diary of Constantijn Huygens Jr, Secretary to Stadholder-King William of Orange by Rudolf Dekker (review)

Biography , Volume 36 (4) – May 27, 2014

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REVIEWS Rudolf Dekker, Family, Culture and Society in the Diary of Constantijn Huy- gens Jr, Secretary to Stadholder-King William of Orange. Leiden: Brill, 2013. 195 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-25094-9, $136.00. The Dutch historian Rudolf Dekker has had a keen eye for popular culture and eyewitness accounts of history throughout his career. Having published on, among other things, popular risings, cross-dressing, humor, childhood, and education in the early modern period, Dekker now presents us with an introduction to an extraordinary and extensive seventeenth-century diary, written by Constantijn Huygens (1628–1697), secretary to stadholder-king William of Orange, between 1649 and 1696 in Dutch and French (unfor- tunately an English translation is not available). Even though they did not belong to the nobility, the Huygens family was well known at the time: Con- stantijn’s father, Constantijn Huygens Sr., was secretary to Frederik Hendrik, prince of Orange, stadholder of the Dutch Republic, as well as serving as a diplomat. A connoisseur of paintings and a great poet, he corresponded with many infl uential men in Europe and was a friend of Descartes and Spinoza. His brother Christiaan Huygens was a famous scientist, whom Constantijn Jr. assisted with his astronomical research. Christiaan invented a new type

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