Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft

Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft

Hooft, Pieter Corneliszoon, 1581-1647, Dutch historian, poet, and dramatist. His great work was a history of the revolt of the Netherlands against Spain, Nederlandsche Historien (1628-47). Hooft was also a lyric poet of the first order and introduced French and Italian Renaissance lyricisms into Dutch poetry.

Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (March 16, 1581 - May 21, 1647), was a Dutch historian, poet and playwright from the period known as the Dutch Golden Age.


Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, often abbreviated to P.C. Hooft, was born in Amsterdam as the son of the then mayor, Cornelis Hooft.

He founded the Muiderkring, a literary society located at his home, the Muiderslot, the castle of Muiden in which he got to live due to his appointment as sheriff of Muiden. Among the members were the poets and playwrights G.A. Bredero and Joost van den Vondel. He, Bredero, and Vondel were also founders of the First Nederduytsche Academy.

In 1647, he died at the age of 66 in The Hague.


Hooft was a prolific writer of plays, poems and letters, but he concentrated from 1618 onwards on writing his history of the Netherlands (Nederlandsche historiën), inspired by Roman historian Tacitus. His focus was primarily on the Eighty Years' War between The Netherlands and Spain.

As a poet, he was influenced by his Renaissance contemporaries in France and Italy.



  • Emblemata amatoria: afbeeldingen van minne (1611)


  • Nederlandse historiën (1642-1656)

Present-day legacy

In present-day Amsterdam Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft gives his name to PC Hooftstraat, the city's main destination for expensive designer clothes shopping. The south-western end of PC Hooftstraat runs into the city's main park, the Vondelpark, named for his friend Joost van den Vondel (see Life above).

In 1947, 300 years after P.C. Hooft died, a literary prize in his name was instituted by the Dutch government. An independent foundation annually awards the prize. Initially it was awarded for specific works, but in recent years it is awarded based on the entire collection of a writer.

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