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William of Orange and the duke of Alba: There is local unrest under her rule, but also an assumption that compromise may be possible. William of Orange, heir to large estates in the Netherlands and known from his quiet skill in negotiation as William the Silent, emerges as one of the leaders of those demanding change. Religious toleration and freedom from the attentions of the Inquisition are among the demands most commonly made. But the Protestant cause is not well served by the intemperate behaviour of some of the Calvinists. Iconoclastic mobs go on the rampage in August , smashing the treasures of many churches in the Netherlands.

Hearing of such events, Philip II resolves upon severe measures. He instructs the duke of Alba, a veteran of many campaigns, to march north with an army from Italy. He is to restore order in the Netherlands regardless of what measures may be required. Alba, arriving in August , introduces a rule of terror but does so at first by stealth. He lulls two of the leading dissident nobles, the counts of Egmont and of Horn, into accepting his hospitality.

He then has them arrested, summarily tried and executed. They are merely the most distinguished victims of Alba's tribunal, which becomes known in the Netherlands as the Council of Blood. Alba's agents act with the quiet efficiency of a modern police state. In , in the early hours of Ash Wednesday the morning after the pre-Lent carnival, when revellers are likely to be off their guard , fifteen hundred suspects are visited in their homes and taken from their beds.

All, according to Alba's note on the incident, are executed. William of Orange, wisely keeping his distance from Alba, slips into exile - and so remains available to lead the armed resistance to Spanish rule which now begins to develop. The first real success of the Netherlanders is almost accidental. Ships manned by savage crews, licensed by William of Orange but in practice little better than pirates, have for some time been raiding the coasts and preying on Spanish vessels.

They are known as sea beggars gueux de mer. The name gueux , or beggars, is first used dismissively of the rebels by a Spanish official but is then proudly adopted by all who are opposed to Spain.

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In a fleet of sea beggars is forced by a storm to take refuge near Brill. Finding that the Spanish garrison is temporarily absent, they seize the town and raise the flag of William the Orange. The example at Brill is eagerly followed elsewhere. The more important port of Flushing is the next to be secured. Within weeks, all along the coast of Holland and Zeeland, towns expel the Spanish and declare for William. Merchants offer funds for a war chest. A spontaneous movement of liberation gives William the base which he has so far lacked.

Until now he has been planning an invasion of the Netherlands from France. Instead he takes ship for Holland and lands, in October , at Enkhuizen. The towns in this region are by now mainly Calvinist. In William formally declares himself an adherent of the reformed faith. There are bitter battles to be fought in the years ahead, but William of Orange now has a clear identity as the leader of a cause - and a strong territory from which to conduct that cause.

Meanwhile the duke of Alba fights hard to recover what has been lost. His Spanish troops commit appalling atrocities in the campaign - as in the massacre which follows the capture of Haarlem in July Alba's next target, the town of Alkmaar, is saved when the Dutch breach the dikes and threaten the Spanish troops with death by drowning.

The duke finally loses appetite for the task, together no doubt with Philip II's confidence. He asks to be relieved of his command, returning in December to Spain. The bitter fighting of is the prelude to a prolonged war between the northern provinces of the Netherlands and the Spanish monarchy.

The struggle becomes part of wider European wars, and is not finally concluded until the end of the Thirty Years' War , in Meanwhile, in the early stages, it gradually becomes clear which parts of the Netherlands are seeking independence from Spain. But it remains far from certain what type of independence they have in mind. There are several well-defined staging posts on the way to the eventual split between north and south. In , in Ghent, a peace conference is convened between Holland and Zeeland on one side and the States General of the southern provinces on the other. The result is the so-called Pacification of Ghent, uniting the entire Netherlands in opposition to Spain but leaving unresolved the problem of Calvinist and Catholic rivalry between different provinces.

Early in the same rather unspecific hope of solidarity is enshrined in the Union of Brussels. It proves the last occasion when a union of this kind represents the whole of the Netherlands. In the beginning, this was especially focused on Roman Catholics, being the religion of the enemy.

In 17th-century Leiden , for instance, people opening their homes to services could be fined guilders a year's wage for a skilled tradesman and banned from the city. In the first years of the Republic, controversy arose within the Reformed Church, mainly around the subject of predestination. This has become known as the struggle between Arminianism and Gomarism , or between Remonstrants and Contra-Remonstrants.

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In the Synod of Dort tackled this issue, which led to the banning of the Remonstrant faith. Beginning in the 18th century, the situation changed from more or less active persecution of religious services to a state of restricted toleration of other religions, as long as their services took place secretly in private churches. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article includes a list of references , but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden. Concordia res parvae crescunt [1] "Unity makes strength". Het Wilhelmus "The William". The seven provinces together with an eighth not represented in the federal government Drenthe and the Generality Lands in blue. For history and links to the earlier history of each of the provinces, see Seventeen Provinces.

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For the southern provinces that did not secede from Habsburg control in , see Spanish Netherlands. Economic history of the Netherlands — and Financial history of the Dutch Republic. Politics and government of the Dutch Republic. Hubert de Vries, Wapens van de Nederlanden. Uitgeverij Jan Mets, Amsterdam, , pp. Retrieved on 10 February John de Witt, Grand Pensionary of Holland, — Brieven van Johan de Witt. De Witt to Shaep? Phoenix Press, , p. Retrieved 14 December Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall — Oxford: Buitenlandse politiek en oorlogvoering in de eerste helft van de achttiende eeuw en in het bijzonder tijdens de Oostenrijkse Successieoorlog — Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


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