Stories of Frisia

Here we link locations in the northern Netherlands and northwest Germany to books from the Special Collections in the University of Groningen Library, mapping the cultural-intellectual history of Frisia in which the foundation of the Academy in Groningen in 1614 was a highlight.

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Missal, fraud and vandalism

A luxurious missal printed on parchment was in regular use here for many years. It then became the means of a fraud. Bekijk dit verhaal

Wicheringe was here

Rodolf Wicheringe lived here once. He donated this book by Poliziano to the University Library. Bekijk dit verhaal

Councillor and Law Text

In 1507, a mighty legal scholar and politician was born here: Viglius ab Aytta. He wrote his name in this book of canon law. Bekijk dit verhaal

Venice in Frisia

Pieter Beyntsma from Stavoren copied brandnew learning from Italy into these brandnew books from Venice. Bekijk dit verhaal

Chronicle on a Chain

The most illustrated book of its time spent the entire 16th century here, chained to a shelf in the library of the Martini Church. Bekijk dit verhaal

Baart at Boteringestraat

Here once lived a prominent professor of medicine who owned a lavishly decorated book of psalms from the convent of Selwerd. Bekijk dit verhaal

Boundless Scholarship

Here Volcher Coiter once went to school. In 1572 he published a remarkable book on the human body. Bekijk dit verhaal

Upheaval in the Ommelanden

This book owned by Nicolaas Schaffer, squire of Losdorp, presents an artistic view of legal matters in the Ommelanden in the 16th century. Bekijk dit verhaal

Cicero in East Frisia

Here in Greetsiel Ubbo Emmius was born. In this printed book he wrote many annotations. Bekijk dit verhaal

Elema’s Sachsenspiegel

From 1536 to 1566, Rinke Elema wrote six remarkable annotations about the mill here at Uithuizen in this medieval law book. Bekijk dit verhaal

A Collage Chronicle

The chronicle composed here around 1510 in the monastery of Thabor presents the world through the eyes of a monk. Bekijk dit verhaal

Treasure in Thesinge

This beautiful little book of tides was written around 1515 here in Thesinge, in the Germania monastery. Bekijk dit verhaal

A Chronicle of Wonders

Here in city hall is a painting of a 17th-century mayor who owned a richly illustrated chronicle of the world from 1493. Bekijk dit verhaal

A True Work of Art

This gorgeous book of tides once belonged to Simon Abbes Gabbema, who was Friesland's official historiographer. Bekijk dit verhaal

Broad-minded Rottum

Alberthus Wilhelmi, abbot of the catholic monastery here at Rottum, bought these Protestant books for his monks. Bekijk dit verhaal

Psalms in the Family

The Hinckaertshuis is one of the oldest buildings in the city of Groningen. It has a connection with a manuscript psalter from Selwerd. Bekijk dit verhaal

Traveller to Rome in 1211

From November 1211, the abbot of the monastery here travelled to Rome to seek justice. He wrote about it in this personal chronicle. Bekijk dit verhaal

Reading for Reformation

A hefty manuscript of some 200 parchment leaves was written here in a monastery between 1469 and 1488. Its purpose was reformation. Bekijk dit verhaal

Read with a Weeping Heart

Until 1599, this was the location of the Olde Convent. In 1438, Hille Baereldes donated this book to its sisters. Bekijk dit verhaal

Vindicat and Freemasonry

Here the first student association in the Netherlands was founded in 1815. One of the founders owned a law book with a remarkable pedigree. Bekijk dit verhaal

Chronicle and Kalands Brethren

Here in this church, a priest owning a copy of the most illustrated book of his time worked in the late 15th century. Bekijk dit verhaal

Erasmus & Luther in Frisia

This castle was once the home of a book in which Martin Luther personally wrote many outbursts against his nemesis Erasmus of Rotterdam. Bekijk dit verhaal