Dutch lecture: From battlefield to international politics

Presented by Stichting Maastricht Vestingstad
Sunday10 September | 3.00 - 4.00 p.m. | Centre Céramique

Luc Panhuysen will talk about the siege of Maastricht in 1673 and the significance of this event within the broader context of the war against France that began in 1672 and would end in 1678.

His story features Louis XIV, the Sun King, and William III, the Prince of Orange, as central figures. Panhuysen will transport you to the reality of the battlefield, as well as into the realm of international politics, as the Dutch opposition drew the French Sun King into an ever-expanding European conflict. It is a story with contemporary undertones, portraying an aggressor and autocrat against a coalition builder, who fought for the very survival of his homeland.


About the Speaker:
Luc Panhuysen (1962) studied history. He worked as a journalist for publications such as Het Parool and De Groene Amsterdammer. He previously authored mini-biographies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron, and 'The True Freedom' about the De Wit brothers. His book 'The Year of Disaster 1672' is a modern classic, which was released in a revised edition in 2021. His latest book, 'The Monster Ship,' was also published in 2021. The anniversary edition of this work was released in January 2022.

Participation is free. You can make a reservation for this lecture at or call 043-3505600.

Centre Céramique | Avenue Céramique 50 | 6221 KV Maastricht