, a gentleman of Frizeland, was born at Doccum in 1600, of a considerable
, a gentleman of Frizeland, was
born at Doccum in 1600, of a considerable family. His
father, Menard Aitzema, was burgomaster and secretary to
the admiralty, and his uncle Foppius was resident for the
states-general at Hamburgh, and often employed in negociations of the first importance. Leo had scarcely reached
his sixteenth year, before he published his Poemuta Juvenilia, but was soon engaged in more serious studies, his
uncle having procured him to be appointed counsellor of
the Hanse towns, and their resident at the Hague. He is
likewise said to have been twice in England on public affairs. The work for which he is best known is a compilation on the history of the United Provinces, written in
Dutch, under the title of “
Zaken van Staat en Oorlog.”
Of this there have been two editions, the first in 16 vols.
4to, 1657 1671, including the period between 1621 and
1668. The second edition is in 7 vols. fol. 1669 1671,
with an account of the peace of Munster, and a treatise entitled the “
Lion restored,” or an account of Dutch affairs in
Histoire des Provinces Unies,” 8 vols.
4to, Paris, 1757 1771, is principally taken. A continuation of it, extending to the year 1697, was published by
Lambert Bos, 4 vols. fol. Aitzema died in 1669 at the
Hague, his usual residence.