The Story of William the Silent and the Netherland War

Titel The Story of William the Silent and the Netherland War, 1555-1584, Boston: D. Lothrop & Co. / Dover, N.H.: G.T. Day & Co., 1869. 480 blz. ill. Online*  
Auteur Barrett, Mary
Jaar van uitgave 1869
Citaat "This book is designed particularly for young persons who have not time or opportunity to read the story in full, in the extensive works of our standard authors. The boys and girls of the American republic should know by what struggles religious liberty has been won, in other countries and other times. It is good to behold moral hero­ism anywhere; and we shall rarely find it more sublimely displayed than in the scenes of the Neth­erland war. It might be added that, to not a few of our citizens, this is the history of their own fatherland.The authorities chiefly consulted have been the works of Motley and Prescott, which we hope many of our young readers will hereafter study for themselves." (3)""Thank God, all is tranquil in the Netherlands!" Alva used pi­ously to exclaim, after the falling of some new blow. They had taken it very quietly when Egmont and Horn were arrested; the Blood Council had raised no tumult; even the uni­versal death-warrant had been received in dumb despair. But to us, this very tranquillity is awful. We can not help shuddering at the preternatural stillness. It is like nothing else but death. The whole land is one vast tomb.Yet buried Liberty was to have a resurrec­tion. There was one whom Heaven had sent to roll away the stone from the door of the sep­ulcher, and already he was at hand." (213/4)"WILLIAM of Orange had refused to appear at the summons of the Blood Council, and that body had proceeded to pass judgment against him in default. From his German retreat he now published a bold and eloquent defense, in reply to the act of condemnation. He briefly rehearsed his private wrongs, refuted false accusations, and declared that the edicts, the inquisition, and the perse­cutions had caused the disturbances of the last two years. In vindication of his course he ap­pealed to the judgment of the world, and pub­licly declared himself the champion of his op­pressed people." (215)
Opmerking(en) schrijver: (Ps. van Mary Olivia Nutting),
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