Frans R.E. Blom (1968) is an expert of Dutch and Neolatin Literature of the Early Modern Period. Working at the University of Amsterdam, he studies Amsterdam as a creative city in its European context, with a focus on the city's Grand Theatre, or Schouwburg. He is general editor of the ONSTAGE online datasystem for Theatre in Amsterdam of the Golden Age. His new study on the A'dam theatre as an international cultural entreprise will be out soon: Podium van Europa. Creativiteit en ondernemen in de Amsterdamse Schouwburg van de zeventiende eeuw (Amsterdam: Querido, 2021. In addition to his dissertation on Constantijn Huygens (2003), he has also devoted many of his works and days to this key figure in Dutch cultural history.
New study on Amsterdam's Grand Theatre, or Schouwburg, as a cultural enterprise catering large local audiences with an attractive mix of homemade productions and popular hits from Europe's various theatre traditions (Querido, 2021).
The online data system for Amsterdam's City Theatre, covering performance data from 1638 up to the present. See more
Comprehensive interdisciplinary study of life and works of a most intriguing cultural key player in the Dutch Golden Age
Coming soon, granted by the Dutch Language Association (Taalunie): Dutch for Reading Knowledge - Historical Dutch (exp. 2022). Self study courses for reading skills in Dutch historical texts. Source oriented training in Archives, Paleography, Printed documents, Grammar, Vocabulary, Extensive and Intensive Reading. Digital courses for international academic research.
Textual and Visual Images in Early Modern Travel Documents, Guides and Descriptions. Constantijn Huygens' Journaal van de reis naar Venetie 1620 . Articles on scholarly and touristic representations of the Ottoman Empire. And a fine book, Op reis voor vrede with on site documentary, on diplomacy and the very first international peace mediations of the Netherlands, in the war between Sweden and Russia in the Baltic region (1615-1616).