254pp. Waanders Publishers. 1997. First edition. Cloth cover - blue with black print. Very good condition. Slight shelf wear and 3 cm stain towards top of side edge. Dust jacket - very good.
'Generally, if someone thinks of the Dutch Republic and its Golden Age, one thinks of prosperous merchants and an energetic middle-class culture, the powerful Dutch East India trading company, the writer Vondel or the painter Vermeer, strict Calvinists or the moralist Jacob Cats. Yet side by side with all this, there was another scene: it shimmered with colour and contrast, it glittered with royal opulence, it had customs and conventions of its own. From 1625 to 1647 Frederik Hendrik, prince of Orange, was stadholder of the most important provinces in the Dutch Republic, Frederik Hendrik and his wife Amalia van Solms created a royal court in the Netherlands, the like of which the country had never seen. This book describes in full detail the rich world of their court. First the early history, daily life and the place of the court in a national and European setting is considered. The enormous cultural impact of Frederik Hendrik on architecture, painting and fashion is explored in the second part'. from the back cover.