Loevestein Castle: the Prisoner
|Grotius’ remand and trial would take nearly nine months - on 18 May 1619 he finally received his verdict: his possessions were confiscated and he was to be imprisoned for life at Loevestein Castle. As a lawyer, Grotius knew that the trial had been severely flawed and unfair but he remained calm, saving his thoughts for later.||
While at Loevestein, Grotius maintained contact with the outside world via Maria, who was able to live with him but could also travel outside, and through correspondence with friends and relatives. He also kept on writing and the books he needed for his research were delivered in a large wooden chest. After two years of imprisonment, Grotius would escape Loevestein in this chest on 22 March 1619, in a daring plan devised by Maria.