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François de Coninck is murdered at his wife's behest


François de Coninck is murdered at his wife's behest

Anoniem / Anonymous / Laurensz, Hendrick

François de Coninck is murdered at his wife's behest.

The murder is committed on the first floor. We see how De Coninck's wife helps the murderer flee through the window.

This print is taken from a French edition of the 'Itinerario' by Jan Huygen van Linschoten.

According to the 'Mémoire bibliographique' by P.A. Tiele, this edition was not printed in Amsterdam but by the publisher of De Bry's travels in Frankfurt.

De Coninck had strong suspicions that his sixteen year old wife was unfaithful, and voiced these suspicions to his best friend (a Portuguese man), saying he wanted to kill her lover. What De Coninck didn't know, was that it was precisely this best friend, a Portuguese, who was his wife's lover. The plan was quickly communicated and the lovers decided that attack was the best form of defence: the Antwerp diamond cutter was murdered.

De Coninck was a diamond cutter from Antwerp who had settled in Goa and was an old friend of the Dutchman Jan Huygen van Linschoten.

The murder was committed in 1588.

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Sources and literature

Linschoten, Jan Huygen van, Histoire de la navigation de Iean Hvgues de Linscot Hollandois et de son voyage es Indes Orientales: contenante diverses descriptions des pays, costes, ... / Avec annotations de Bern. Paludanus ; A quoy sont adjoustees quelques autres descriptions tant du pays de Guinee ... que des navigations des Hollandois vers le Nord au Vaygat et en la nouvelle Zembla (1610)