Tres Fratres Belgae

Brothers, Poets and Civil Servants in the Sixteenth Century This article is based on an extensive study of the works and lives of Janus Secundus (1511-1536), Adrianus Marius (1509-1568) and Nicolaus Grudius (1504-1470), three brothers who became famous as the ‘triga’, the ‘team of three’ poet-brothers.1 For once, I have decided not to stress the…

Man the Player

Huizinga’s ‘Homo Ludens’ Revisited In 1972, in a lecture at the big Huizinga congress in Groningen, Ernst Gombrich made the suggestion that Huizinga’s biography of Erasmus was a form of self-criticism. ‘Somehow the great humanist aroused in him all the ambivalent feelings that sprang from a life-long fight against the temptations of cultured aestheticism.’ Gombrich’s…