Fabrice de la Bassecourt originally was educated as a catholic priest, but became a Calvinist minister in Metz in 1607 to become court chaplain of Archduke Albert of Austria in Brussels as a catholic again. In 1616 he moved to Amsterdam where he had been called as a protestant minister for the Walloon church. Almost immediately he became known for his participation in the public religious discussions of that time which also involved the Remonstrant minister Jan Uytenbogaert (1557-1644), who was portrayed by Rembrandt. This resulted in several publications by De la Bassecourt, including those sold with the present lot: from his personal collection. Fabrice de la Bassecourt (1578-1650), A l'encontre de deux libelles diffamatoires, Amsterdam: By: Paul de Ravesteyn, for: Peirre Mostarde, 1618.-- Tuba dei quinta, Arnhem: Ex Officina lo annis lanszoni, 1615.-- Election eternelle et ses dependances, Amsterdam: By: Paul de Ravesteyn, for: Peirre Mostarde, 1618.-- Intergra et Perfecta refutatio fundamentorum XII, Arnhem: Ex Officina lo annis lanszoni, 1616.-- De unione et synodo evangelicorum concilianda. 1618.
Some of his treatises caused rumor among the ranks of the church officials in the Dutch republic. In 1618 he received an official warning and was even fined for many things in his writings that were not in accordance with history, and because they were full of bitterness and lacking love. Of course his many 'conversions' did not go unnoticed and he was called 'geheel Charlatans of Monniks' (a complete charlatan or monk). Further information on Fabrice de la Bassecour's religious involvement is given by P. van Rooden, 'Het beleid van de Waalse synode tijdens de remonstrantse twisten', in: Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis, 62, 1982, pp. 180-200. More about the De la Bassecourt family was published by R.Chalon, Quelques recherches sur la famille de la Bassecourt et sur le poëte Claude de la Bassecourt, Brussels, 1857.
A portrait Fabrice's son Nicolas de la Bassecourt (1638-1677) is included in the following lot.