Dr Bram van Leuveren is an historian of diplomacy and the performing arts in early modern Europe, and works as lecturer in Arts, Culture, and Media Studies at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is the winner of a Maddock Research Fellowship 2019 (Marsh's Library, Dublin). Van Leuveren graduated from the University of St Andrews in June 2019 with a PhD thesis on diplomacy and festival culture in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century France. His commercial monograph, entitled Early Modern Diplomacy and French Festival Culture, 1572-1615, is under contract with Brill and is expected to appear in August 2021. Bram obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Arts, Culture, and Media Studies at the University of Groningen which were both awarded with 'cum laude'.