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Jacob Cats

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Jacob Cats
Jacob Cats by Michiel van Mierevelt
Jacob Cats by Michiel van Mierevelt
Born(1577-11-10)10 November 1577
Brouwershaven, Netherlands
Died12 September 1660(1660-09-12) (aged 82)
The Hague, Netherlands
OccupationPoet, writer, politician
PeriodDutch Golden Age
GenreEmblem books
Notable worksHet Spaens Heydinnetje
SpouseElisabeth van Valckenburg
ChildrenAnna, Johannes, Cornelis, Elisabeth, Helene & Jacobus Cats

Jacob Cats (10 November 1577 in Brouwershaven - 12 September 1660 in The Hague) was a Dutch poet, jurist and politician. He is most famous for his emblem books. His poems were told like nursery rhymes for many years.

Cats was pensionary of Middelburg and Dordrecht, and grand pensionary of Holland.

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