The guy was obviously no idiot. He was a freethinker. He was an auto-didact, and a clever one. He wrote many unpublished philosophical treatises on philosophy and Freemasonry, in which he railed against church and science. He had travelled the world, learned many languages, was interested in philosophy, hated Christianity, was knowledgable concerning ancient (Roman, Greek, Frisian, Dutch, world) history, loved the French Revolution, was fanatically attracted to anything Old Frisian, thought he descended from some great and famous ancient Frisian family, knew a lot about ships and ship building, visited the OLB "Finda" lands (India, Indonesia, China), travelled to South Africa (Lyda country).....
He was a Frisian rebel, and he read anything that was able to fuel his Frisian patriotism.
Think about that.
However, it was Ernest Stadermann the revolutionary intellectual polyglot, who himself was member of the Masonry and who introduced Over de Linden, who bought books for him, who exploited Over de Lindens supposed Frisian origin and who came with a plan to make money of a manuscript, who knew about printing, binding and paper quality. When Stadermann died Cornelis over de Linden went on with it, but he dit not manage to publish the manuscript, which he did not understand, etc. Stadermann has been the genius after the OBL, not Cornelis over de Linden. His influence on Cornelis over de Linden has generally been acknowledged. It has been Gerrit Jansen, head master of a school in Den Helder, who was the first to mention Stadermann as the author of the OLB.
Edited by Knul, 14 July 2012 - 12:19 AM.