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William of Orange and the revolt of the Netherlands, 1572-84 /
K.W. Swart ; with introductory chapters by Alastair Duke and Jonathan I. Israel ; edited by R.P. Fagel, M.E.H.N. Mout, H.F.K. van Nierop ; translated by J.C. Grayson.
imprint
Aldershot : Ashgate, 2003.
description
xix, 280 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0754632245
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
K. W. Swart was Professor of Dutch History at University College, London.
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Originally available only in Dutch, William of Orange and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1572-1584 provides an English speaking audience for the first time with a detailed account of William's role in the Dutch Revolt reflecting the vast amount of scholarship undertaken in the field of European political and religious history over the last few decades. The translation of this book into English was generously funded by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO).
Main Description
The first scholarly biography of William the Silent published in English for fifty years, William of Orange and the Revolt of the Netherlands, 1572-1584 is invaluable for providing an up-to-date assessment of William and the revolt of the Netherlands. Despite the European significance of his struggle, there has not been a major English language study of William since C.V. Wedgwood's biography published in 1944. As such scholars will welcome this publication of Koen Swart's distinguished and authoritative biography of the first of the hereditary stadholders of the United Provinces. Originally available only in Dutch, this edition provides an English speaking audience for the first time with a detailed account of William's role in the Dutch Revolt reflecting the vast amount of scholarship undertaken in the field of European political and religious history over the last few decades.
Long Description
The figure of Prince William of Orange (1572-84) dominates the political landscape of the sixteenth century Netherlands, and in many ways personifies the Dutch revolt against Spanish hegemony. Yet despite the European significance of his struggle, there has not been a major English-language study of William since C.V. Wedgwood's biography published in 1944. As such, scholars will welcome this publication of Koen Swart's distinguished and authoritative biography of the first of the hereditary stadholders of the United Provinces.Originally available only in Dutch, this edition provides an English speaking audience for the first time with a detailed account of William's role in the Dutch Revolt that reflects the vast amount of scholarship undertaken in the field of European political and religious history over the last few decades. In the book, Swart explores the means by which William established his rule in Holland and Zeeland in the 1570s, and provides an analysis of William's relations with the provincial states, the States-General and the towns, and the creation of a new system of government and finance. Within this framework of national history, he is always careful to locate the subject in its broad international context, thus adding to our wider understanding of this turbulent period.Moreover, Swart avoids the uncritical glorification of William evident in some previous works, and asks searching and pertinent questions concerning the wisdom of William's decisions, such as that to break up the pre-1572 unity of the Habsburg Netherlands. In so doing, Swart provides a much more balanced view than has hitherto been available, that not only takes Protestant views into account, but also contemplates the Revolt form the perspective of the Catholic population, and shows sympathy for Charles V's and Philip II's predicament. In so doing, this book provides the most important revision of William for a century, and will undoubtedly have repercussions upon many studying the history of Europe in the age of Reformations.Published posthumously, this book also includes introductory material written by leading scholars H.F.K. van Nierop, M.E.H.N. Mout, J. Israel and A.C. Duke.
Bowker Data Service Summary
After Professor Swart's death in 1992 his papers on a detailed biography of William of Orange were bequeathed to two of his former pupils for their comments. This volume uses his finished work on the latter part of William's life to complete the biography with contributions from a variety of sources.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xiv
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
K.W. Swart: His Career as a Historianp. 1
From 'Loyal Servant' to 'Irreconcilable Opponent' of Spain: Koenraad Swart's Interpretation of William of Orange, 1533-72p. 8
The Defence of Holland and Zeeland, 1572-76p. 29
Orange's finest hourp. 29
The religious revolutionp. 34
The new political orderp. 43
The baptism of fire withstoodp. 61
Fruitless attempts to win foreign supportp. 70
Marriage to Charlotte de Bourbonp. 76
Better war than an uncertain peacep. 84
Renewed Spanish offensivep. 89
The offer of Supreme Authorityp. 92
Abandoned by the whole worldp. 96
The Whole Fatherland in Revolt, 1576-77p. 103
Orange's triumphp. 103
The Brussels coup d'etatp. 105
The Pacification of Ghentp. 109
Triumph in the duel with Don Johnp. 114
Orange becomes one of Queen Elizabeth's best friendsp. 128
Entrusted with the leadership of the country's governmentp. 132
Plans for marriages between Orange's and Aerschot's childrenp. 139
The mutability of all earthly thingsp. 142
The General Union Falls Apart, 1578-79p. 144
Holding court in the castle of Antwerpp. 144
The beginning of Orange's conflict with Ghentp. 149
Holland and Zeeland's stubborn self-will and the Union of Utrechtp. 157
Money is the sinew of warp. 162
Ghent temporarily taken in handp. 167
Parma's first successesp. 170
The failure of the Cologne peace negotiationsp. 175
Declining popularityp. 180
Outlawry and Apology, 1580p. 186
Fruitless Attempts to Turn the Spanish Tide, 1579-83p. 200
The war drags on at a snail's pacep. 200
Failed attempts to reform the governmentp. 202
Anjou chosen as overlordp. 207
Reasons for Orange's unfortunate French policyp. 214
Anjou's short-lived rulep. 220
The Bitter End, 1583-84p. 233
The disastrous consequences of the French Furyp. 233
Reconciliation with Anjoup. 235
Return to Hollandp. 238
Further enemy gains of territoryp. 242
Count of Hollandp. 243
Orange's political testamentp. 247
The assassination of Orangep. 252
Bibliographyp. 258
Archivesp. 258
Pamphletsp. 260
Published sources and literature to 1800p. 262
Literature since 1800p. 266
Indexp. 275
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