The thoughts of 17th-century farmers are often gone with the wind. They ploughed their fields, milked their cows, raised their children, but they generally didn’t leave traces in letters, diaries or books. In Leyden University Library, however, a rare and unique source survived: the correspondence of a farmer’s son (who moved from the countryside to the city) with his father, sister and brother-in-law in the village of Herwijnen.
Based on these letters and other archives, De hoeve en het hart tells the story of a farmer family between 1600 and 1750: how they built dykes, bred horses, solved conflicts, got married, told stories and experienced faith. It provides insight in a Dutch rural culture (in the Guelders River Area), that was often overshadowed by the much more famous urban culture of the Dutch Golden Age.

The sixteenth-century Reformation wasn’t only about Luther and Calvin. It took some time, but eventually the ‘new doctrine’ also reached the ordinary people in the cities, towns and villages of the Netherlands. What happened in Zaltbommel, in Rijssen, in Bruinissse or in Gouda? This book offers a sample of the events in several regions. Written bij a group of authors, this book is not only about local history, but also about some general themes: how did the Reformation change the landscape? What is the message of the protestant martyriums? How did the cities and towns handle so many refugees? What happened exactly, when a Catholic priest changed into a Protestant ‘dominee’?

Jacob Revius (1586-1658) was one of the most prominent Reformed opinion leaders in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic, who lived through a period of revolutionary changes in science, religion and politics. He was not only a poet (he became well-known as the author of the famous poem ‘He bore our griefs’), but also a theologian who set about to reform the world by writing many historical, philosophical and theological books – mostly in Latin. Therefore the story of his life is

connected to the great debates of his time.  This biography (also a PhD thesis) concentrates on the life, poetry and world view of Revius, combining for the first time the theological and literary aspects of his personality.

Jacobus Revius (1586-1658) was the greatest Calvinist lyricist of the Dutch Golden Age. During his lifetime, he saw his own significance mainly in his work as a theologian and a historian, while regarding his poetry only as a pastime. Yet this same poetry appeared to transcend ages and religious boundaries. In a striking and impressive way, Revius’s poems express biblical truths and religious experiences. This little book contains thirty of his most beautiful religious poems, chosen from his voluminous anthology Over-Ysselsche sangen en dichten (1630).