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Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (March 16, 1581 - May 21, 1647) - Knight in the Order of Saint Michael - was a Dutchmarker 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 Amsterdammarker as the son of the then mayor, Cornelis Hooft. Hooft was also the uncle of Cornelis and Andries de Graeff.

He founded the Muiderkring, a literary society located at his home, the Muiderslotmarker, the castle of Muidenmarker 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 Haguemarker.


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

As a poet, he was influenced by his Renaissance contemporaries in Francemarker and Italymarker.



  • Emblemata amatoria: afbeeldingen van minne (1611)


  • Nederlandse historiĆ«n (1642-1656)

Present-day legacy

In present-day Amsterdammarker Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft gives his name to P. C. Hooftstraat, the city's main destination for expensive designer clothes shopping. The south-western end of P. C. Hooftstraat runs into the city's main park, the Vondelpark, named for his friend Joost van den Vondel (see Life above). In many other Dutch cities, there are other streets named after Hooft, many of them also called P. C. Hooftstraat.

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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