Grotius’s Biography: On Henk Nellen’s Hugo Grotius. A Lifelong Struggle

Grotiana 36 (1):40-61 (2015)
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_ Source: _Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 40 - 61 In this review article of Henk Nellen, _Hugo Grotius. A lifelong struggle for Peace in Church and State, 1583–1645_ the story of Grotius’s life is outlined and issues of interpretation are discussed. It is argued that this biography supports the argument that Grotius towards the end of his life was close to becoming a Catholic. It seems plausible that Grotius’s principled refusal to request permission to return to the Republic may have been connected to his disappointment about his own less principled behaviour in 1618.

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