Het Nederlants Schoutoneel
The newest (but also oldest!) addition to my ever-expanding bookshelf: ‘Het Nederlants Schoutoneel’ (The Dutch Warscene), by Hendrick Jacobsz. Soeteboom.
This work chronicles the Franco-Dutch War (1672-1678), which was a war fought by France, Sweden, the Prince-Bishopric of Münster, the Archbishopric of Cologne and England against the Dutch Republic, which was later joined by the Austrian Habsburg lands, Brandenburg and Spain to form a quadruple alliance. The war ended with the Treaty of Nijmegen of 1678, which granted France control of the Franche-Comté and some cities in Flanders and Hainaut, all formerly controlled by Spain.
I’m looking forward to reading this antique chronicle, although I think it won’t be easy because of the font/way it’s written. But I’m up to the challenge! 😎