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De iure praedae, largely written in 1604-1606, was rediscovered in 1864 and published four years later. Yet it will be only in the twentieth century that it is to be seriously studied. Discussion of De iure praedae coincides with changing paradigms in the study of Grotius juvenilia. The concern for his juvenilia is witnessed by editions of the poetry, early manuscripts, historical and church-political works, drawing attention to the topicality of Grotius's writings, but also demanding a view on their interconnections. The rediscovery of the manuscript of De iure praedae also made it evident that Mare liberum was a reworked chapter of the original manuscript of De iure praedae, or better phrased, it was a reworked chapter inside this manuscript, thus highlighting the complicated nature of the re-discovered manuscript as both a finished manuscript and a work in progress.

Keywords: Church; De iure praedae; Grotius juvenilia; Mare liberum



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