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Valerius, Adrian

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Author(s): König, Christopher
[German Version] (c. 1575, Middelburg – Jan 27, 1625, Vere), Dutch Reformed poet and politician, who held influential offices in Zeeland, especially as a tax official and a city councilor of Vere. His Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck, published posthumously in 1626, quickly became popular; it was a celebration of the wars of the Netherlands against Spain compiled for the most part from earlier works. Valerius included in it 76 songs, most of which he composed himself and set to earlier tunes with lute tablature; they are pervaded b…


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Author(s): Kirn, Hans-Martin | König, Christopher
[German Version] 1. Willem (Jan 4, 1579, Zierikzee – Apr 8, 1629, Middelburg), Dutch Reformed theologian and devotional writer; the most important representative of the early Nadere Reformatie. After studying law at St. Andrews and Poitiers, he took up theology at Leiden in 1604. In 1606 he was appointed pastor in Haamstede and Burg and in 1613 in Middelburg, where initially F. Gomarus and A. Walaeus were among his colleagues. His decision to study theology was immediately due to his encounters with English Puritans in Br…