William the Silent

Titel William the Silent, New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., 1947, 271 blz. Literatuur, index.  
Auteur Baker, Nina Brown
Jaar van uitgave 1947
Citaat "William the Silent was surely the most reluctant revo­lutionist who ever menaced a throne. He knew Philip's character. He cannot have thought for one minute that Alva's bloody misrule was unknown to the King, or unapproved by him. Yet for all his independence of mind William believed firmly in the "divine right" of kings. The Catholic Church had long taught that sovereigns reigned by the Will of God. To question their right was to question God's Will. The Protestants, quarreling with many Catholic doctrines, never disputed the principle of divine right.William himself, at this period, did not dispute it. The King was king, nothing could be done about that. But, he reasoned, the King's interests required a peace­ful, prosperous Netherlands. Alva in a few short years had brought the land to bankruptcy. Surely when Philip saw peace and order restored, the wheels of industry turning again, he would realize that William's way was best. Any sane and sensible man would be bound to see it, he argued.No doubt his argument was sound. But Philip II was never sensible, and on the question of religion he was not quite sane. Whatever William might call himself, to his King he was a dangerous rebel, already condemned to death. Philip heard with pleasure that he had left the safety of Germany to enter Holland. "This time," he wrote to Alva, "the dog must not escape you. I charge you send me his head here, that I may assure myself of your diligence." (132)
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