Special Today in History - March 16th. 1581 - Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft

Everybody knows the famous shopping street in Amsterdam called the
P.C. Hooftstraat. Only a few people are familiar with the meaning of the
letters P.C. This is derived from Pieter Corneliszoon.

P.C. Hooft 
Source picture: Wikipedia

P.C. Hooft was born on March 16th. 1581. He was the son of Cornelis Hooft, 
who became even Major of Amsterdam. 

P.C. Hooft had many relatives. He was inter alia family of Johan De Witt. 
He also had some important friends like Jacob Cats, Bredero and Joost van den Vondel. 

P.C. Hooft became famous as writer of poems, letters and plays. Later he
wrote more about the history of The Netherlands.

He lived in a remarkable castle called the Muiderslot.

Muiderslot - old postcard
Source picture: Wikipedia

He really was an important Renaissance Writer. 
P.C. Hooft died on May 21st. 1647 in The Hague.
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