To further promote the use of this important source, we have digitized every Verhoeven publication in our collection, about 400 titles. This includes almost all issues of the ‘Nieuwe Tijdinghen’ for the years 1620-1621, some later issues, and other publications printed by Abraham Verhoeven. Click here to see the full list in our catalogue, or browse the digital collection immediately on our digital platform.
Starting in 1620, Verhoeven published his ‘Nieuwe Tijdinghen’ until 1629. Verhoevens newspapers were very different from other newspapers in this period. For one thing, they are illustrated and have eyecatching titles, whereas his competitors’ publications look extremely bland. Unlike other newspapers, the ‘Nieuwe Tijdinghen’ were proudly partisan, supporting the catholic Habsburg government of the Southern Low Countries and ridiculing the protestant ‘rebels’ or the Dutch Republic. Verhoeven received financial support and legal protection from the government of the Archdukes, in the form of an exclusive monopoly on printed news. His newspaper has been studied as part of the Habsburg propaganda machine.
Want to know more?
- Andrew Pettegree: The invention of news. How the world came to know about itself. New Haven, Conn., 2014
- Andrew Pettegree: "Tabloid Values. On the Trail of Europe's First News Hound", in: Richard Kirwan en Sophie Mullins (eds.): Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World, Leiden, 2015
- Arthur der Weduwen: Dutch and Flemish newspapers of the seventeenth century, 1618-1700. Leiden, 2017
- Arthur der Weduwen: Preserving the world’s first illustrated newspaper, february 2019
- Kristin van Damme en Jeroen Deploige: "Slecht nieuws, geen nieuws: Abraham Verhoeven en de Nieuwe Tijdinghen (1620-1629): periodieke pers en propaganda in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden tijdens de vroege zeventiende eeuw", in: Bijdragen en mededelingen betreffende de geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 113 (1998)