The warring between the Catholics and the Protestants, during the Thirty Years War, affected Gryphius through many aspects of his life, including his upbringing and the death of his parents. This war served as the spark of inspiration for much of Gryphius' works, both dramatic and Comedic, as seen in Leo Armenius and Horribilicribrifax. The themes of the war as well as his status of representative to the estate of the Monarch allowed for Gryphius to travel around Europe, gathering ideas, theatrical styles and content that he would later draw upon when writing his plays. By drawing this content out and adding his own "poetic additions" (Stackhouse 17), Gryphius reaped the benefits of creating dramatic works unparalleled to any other German writer of the time.
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