Arthur der Weduwen

BA (Exon.), M.Litt (St And.) with distinction



Contact Details

Thesis title: Selling the Republican Ideal. State Communication in the Dutch Golden Age
Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Pettegree


Research Interests

Arthur comes from Amsterdam. He was awarded a BA in History and International Relations from the University of Exeter (2014), followed by an M.Litt in Book History from the University of St Andrews (2015). His doctoral research is a study of state communication in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic, focusing specifically on government and municipal attempts to influence public opinion through proclamations and ordinances. 

His research interests are grounded in the history of communication, the early modern print world, the development of the state and the growth of a politically-engaged public. He complements his doctoral study with an interest in the emergence of commercial news and advertising: he has published the first complete bibliography of all seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish newspapers (Brill, 2017), and is writing a study of seventeenth-century newspaper advertising in the Low Countries (with Andrew Pettegree).

Arthur is associate editor of the Universal Short Title Catalogue project at St Andrews, with responsibilities for the Low Countries (1500-1700) and a consultant for ProQuest’s Early European Books project.



Dutch and Flemish Newspapers of the Seventeenth Century, 1618-1700 (2 vols., Leiden: Brill, 2017).

News, Business and the Birth of Modern Advertising. Advertisements and Public Announcements in Dutch and Flemish Newspapers, 1620-1675 (with Andrew Pettegree) (forthcoming, Leiden: Brill, 2019).

Journal articles and chapters in edited collections

‘Towards a complete bibliography of seventeenth-century Dutch newspapers: Delpher and its applications’, Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies 38 (2015), pp. 21-27.

‘Publicity and its Uses. Lost Books as Revealed in Newspaper Advertisements in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic’, in Flavia Bruni and Andrew Pettegree (eds.), Lost Books. Reconstructing the Print World of Pre-Industrial Europe (with Andrew Pettegree), (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

‘Utrecht’s First Newspaper Re-discovered: Adriaen Leenaertsz and the Nieuwe Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt ende Nederlant (1623)’, Quaerendo 46, No. 1 (2016), pp. 1-19.

‘The Battle of the Downs: reporting victory and defeat in the early periodical press’, Media History (2016), DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2016.1209404.

‘A Brussels competitor to Abraham Verhoeven? The discovery of the serial Nouvelles Neutrelles (1621)’, De Gulden Passer 95, No. 1 (forthcoming, 2017).

‘“Everyone has hereby been warned.” The structure and Typography of Broadsheet Ordinances and the Communication of Governance in the Early Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic’, in Andrew Pettegree (ed.), Broadsheets: Single-Sheet Publishing in the First Age of Print (forthcoming, Leiden: Brill, 2017).


Elsevier/Johan de Witt-scriptieprijs (best Masters dissertation on the history of the Dutch Golden Age) (2016)

Postgraduate Gray Prize (best M.Litt performance in Arts & Divinity), University of St Andrews (2015)

School of History Maintenance Scholarship, University of St Andrews (2015-2018)

School of History M.Litt Fees Scholarship, University of St Andrews (2014-2015)

Departmental Commendation, History Department, University of Exeter (2013 and 2014)