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Book chest of Hugo de Groot

Anonymousc. 1600 - c. 1615

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

Traditionally, it was in this case that Hugo de Groot escaped from Loevestein Castle in 1621. He had been serving a life sentence there since 1619. The internationally renowned jurist De Groot (Grotius) had been arrested in 1618 as a political opponent of Prince Maurice. After his escape, De Groot fled to France.

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