Girls Guide to City Life

a timeline of Geulincx' life

Events in Geulincx' life
World Events


25 January - Jan Geulincx marries Maria Strickers in the Church of the Blessed Virgin.

Blaise Pascal, French philosopher, born
The First Folio appears
Charles, Prince of Wales, travels to Madrid to secure betrothal to Spanish princess but leaves after a breakdown of talks
Rembrandt becomes a student of J.I. Swanenburg in Leiden


31 January - Arnold Geulincx baptised in the Church of St James, with godparents Arnold Strickers and Gertrude Wost.

England declares war on Spain
Cardinal Richelieu made first minister of France
Sarukawa Kanzaburo opens first Japanese theatre in Yedo
Dutch settle in New Amsterdam
First English settlement in India


Their parents acquire two houses, soon to be combined into one.

Extermination of Christianity in Japan
Ben Jonson, English poet and dramatist dies
Commercial collapse of Dutch tulip trade
The future Louis XIV born
Torture abolished in England


Arnold Geulincx begins his studies at the University of Louvain, where his teacher in Philosophy is the Cartesian Guillaume Philippe.

French end occupation of Alsace
Swedes withdraw from Bohemia
Portugal becomes independent
Painter Peter Paul Rubens dies
Rembrandt paints "Self Portrait"
Coke made from coal for the first time
First European café opens in Venice


19 November - graduates licentiate in Theology in the Faculty of Theology, being placed second out of 159 candidates.

Louis XIII dies and is succeeded by his 5 year old son Louis XIV
English Civil War rages
Molière founds the "Illustre Théâtre" in Paris
Barometer is invented
Coffee drinking becomes popular in Paris


December - applies for, and receives a post in the Faculty of Arts, with the title of Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Admitted as of good character, and takes the oath.

Swedes take Prague
English Civil War ends
English occupy the Bahamas
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, German philosopher, is born


20 November - Geulincx' father sells the house in Antwerp to his brother-in-law Hendrik Strickers.

10 December- released from his civic duties, Geulincx' father goes with his wife to live with their son Arnold.

Trial and subsequent beheading of Charles I
England declared a Commonwealth
Sultan Ibrahim of Turkey is deposed and murdered
Oliver Cromwell invades Ireland
René Descartes dies
World population estimated at 500 million


Arnold Geulincx appointed full Professor.

September - appointed an Examiner of the Degree of Bachelor of Arts, and also Regent-Master presiding over Disputations.

16 December - inaugurates Disputations with his Oratio Prima.

Provisional Fronde government set up in France
Louis XIV re-establishes lawful government
First opera house established in Vienna
German scientist Otto von Geuricke invents the air pump
The minuet comes into fashion at the French court
First London coffee house opens


The first edition of his Quaestiones Quodlibeticae published in Antwerp.

Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector
Ferdinand IV becomes King of the Romans
Johann Pachelbel. German composer and organist, is born
First letter boxes in Paris


August - Amold Geulincx, Licentiate in Theology, listed in fifth place among the Deans of Faculties.

Treaty of Westminster ends Anglo-Dutch war
Queen Christina of Sweden abdicates
War between Russia and Poland
Johann Amos Comenius publishes first picture book for children Orbis sensalium pictus


18 January- applies for a Prebendary of the Cathedral of Aix, but not appointed, because of inability to prove legitimate birth.

17 September - appointed one of the Examiners of Licentiates.

Emperor Ferdinand III dies and his son Leopold I
Oliver Cromwell rejects title of King
Denmark attacks Charles X of Sweden
Dutch scientist Christiann Huygens designs first pendulum for clocks
First stockings and fountain pens manufactured in Paris


23 January - "The Doctors having stated that there was a matter concerning the School, which they wished to bring to the attention of the Faculty of Arts; but it being inconvenient for all of them to take evidence, they requested that the task should be entrusted to a commission, whose members have fully informed themselves in the case of Dr Amold Geulincx, sometime Professor, to wit, why and for what reason on the unanimous decision of the Regents and other Professors he was deposed from his Chair. The evidence against him having been seen, read, and accepted by the Rector, the Doctors judged that he not only could be, but should be subject to the said deposition."

11 February - an Examiner appointed by the Faculty in place of Dr Geulincx.

7 May - the Register of members of staff of the University of Leyden mentions," Arnold Geulincx of Antwerp, aged 33 (sic), onetime Professor at Louvain, living in a district called Garenmarkt, where he is said to maintain his household."

6 September - presents himself for examination by the Medical Faculty.

17 September - created Doctor of Medicine as a result of a satisfactory Disputation on Fevers.

22nd November - in the Registry of Marriage of the city,Geulincx posts banns of marriage to Susanna Strickers of Weert, domiciled in the same district. Witnesses Sebastian van den Bosch, brother-in-law of Susanna, and Anna Lamberts, mother of Susanna.

8 December - Geulincx' marriage solemnised.

Cromwell dissolves Parliament. He later dies as is succeeded by his son Richard
Treaty of Roskilde between Sweden and Denmark ends war
Aurangzeb imprisons his father, Shah Jahan, & succeeds him as Mogul Emperor
Charles X begins the Second Northern War; siege of Copenhagen
Leopold I elected Holy Roman Emperor
Société des missions étrangères founded in Paris
French physician Sylvius de la Boé becomes professor of medicine at Leiden
Jan Swammerdam first observes red blood corpuscles
Robert Hooke, naturalist and philosopher, invents the balance spring for watches
English physician Sir Thomas Browne advocates cremation
Swedish financier Johann Palmstruck devises first bank note, issued by Swedish state bank


16 March - granted permission by the Senate to conduct a private philosophical school.

8 August - the University authorities consider a submission requesting that he be allowed to preside over public Disputations; 130 which, after a hearing by three Professors, was temporarily granted on 18th November, with the stipulation that he remain within the bounds of Aristotelianism, and not claim any right to academic office or salary.

Derby petition for permanent settlement of the constitutional crisis between army and Parliament
Richard Cromwell resigns
Peace of the Pyrenées between France and Spain
The "Great Elector" drives Swedes out of Prussia
Henry Purcell, English composer, born
Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer, born
English physician, Thomas Willis, describes typhoid fever
Prussian State Library founded in Berlin


7 August - approaches the Guardians to be allowed to conduct certain Disputations in public free of charge.

8 November - denied permission by the Guardians, who then go on to withdraw the concession made to Geulincx the year before.

Louis XIV of France marries Maria Teresa, Infanta of Spain
Peace of Copenhagen ends war between Sweden and Denmark
Parliament invites Charles II to return from the American colonies to England
Samuel Pepys begins his diaries
Actresses are allowed on to German and English stages


21 August - appointed Lecturer in Logic at an annual salary of 300 guilders.

14 October - inaugurates his lectures in Logic with Oratio Secunda.

Shun Chih, first Manchu emperor of China, dies
Charles II sells Dunkirk to France for 400 000 pounds
Louis XIV begins to build palace of Versailles


28 August - granted the title of Extraordinary Professor, and obliged to move into the vacant house of the Subregent of the College of the Orders of Holland.

English law & administration introduced into New York
Isaac Newtown experiments on gravitation
The Great Plague of London begins


20 November - in his Inaugural Lecture, Abraham Heydan delivers the following words commemorating as a victim of the plague along with many others, "Dr Geulincx, a man gifted with such genius and eloquence that if poverty (that mother of a virtuous mind, but so great a handicap that some do not emerge from the struggle with her) had not prevented him, his name and reputation would shine forth among the most distinguished philosophers and orators of our age."

27 November - on the petition of Geulincx' widow, Susanna Strickers, the University authorities agree to pay her a hundred guilders twice a year, for the support of her family. (There is no reliable evidence that any of this money was ever paid.)

Aurangzeb bans Hindu religion in India
Michael Wisniowiecki elected King of Poland
Venetians lose Crete, their last colonial possession
Last entry in Samuel Pepys diary
Pope Clement IX dies
Rembrandt dies
Outbreak of cholera in China
Earliest French trading station in India
Nicolaus Steno begins the modern study of geology

Wilson, Martin. 1999. Appendix to Metaphysica Vera. Christoffel Press,
Grun, Bernard. 1991. The timetables of history. 3rd edition, New York; Simon and Schuster.