Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero
(March 16, 1585 -
August 23, 1618 ) was
a Dutch poet and playwright in the
period known as the Dutch Golden
Bredero was born in Amsterdam, where he lived his whole life.
himself "G.A. Bredero, Amstelredammer"
sometimes he is called Breero
was the third child of Marry Gerbrants and Adriaen Cornelisz.
Bredero, who was a shoemaker
successful real estate agent
Bredero was born in the Nes
, nowadays number 41, and in
1602 he and his family moved to a house on Oudezijds
, now number 244, which his father had bought.
Bredero lived in this house for the rest of his life. Both houses
are now restaurants.
At school Bredero learned French
possibly also some English
. Later he was educated as an artist by the
Antwerp painter Francesco
Badens, but none of his paintings have survived.
he became a member of the rederijkerskamer d'Eglantier
where he was an active member and became friends with Roemer Visscher
. Together with Hooft he
joined Costers Nederduytsche Academie
this time he wrote the play "De Spaanschen Brabander
The only public position Bredero achieved was as vaandrig
or standard bearer
of the civic guard
. In the year 1618, at the age of 33,
Bredero suddenly died, shortly after he had recovered from pneumonia
that he had contracted after falling
through ice. He never married.
- Rodd'rick ende Alphonsus (first performed in
- Griane (first performed in 1612)
- Klucht van de Koe
- Klucht van de Molenaer
- Moortje (first performed in 1615)
- Lucelle (first performed circa 1616)
- Spaansen Brabander (Spanish Brabanter; first
performed in 1617)