American historian John Lothrop Motley (1814–77) graduated from Harvard in 1831. During 1832 and 1833 he studied in Göttingen before returning to the United States. Already the author of two novels and numerous essays, he began to plan a history of the Netherlands, but, unable to find all the source material he needed in America, he returned to Europe in 1851, this time with his family. The next few years he spent researching in Dresden, The Hague and Brussels. The result was this famous account of the foundation of the Dutch Republic, first published in 1855. Volume 2 starts with the end of Margaret of Parma's governorship and then describes the start of the Eighty Years' War, covering the period 1567–76, including the governorship of the duke of Alva and the so-called Council of Blood by which he attempted to quash the movement for Dutch independence from Spain.
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- Date Published: November 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108036764
- length: 592 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 33 mm
- weight: 0.74kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part II continued:
8. Prudent Philip
9. Blood shed and spared
10. The prologue finished
Part III. Alva. 1567–73:
1. The reign of terror and the Council of Blood
2. Victims and champions
3. The Governor's triumph and the Infante's doom
4. The Liberator's first campaign
5. A tenth penny and a model murder
6. Long live the beggars
7. The Liberator conquered by St. Bartholomew
8. Three thorough massacres
9. Tyranny's tide begins to ebb
Part IV. Administration of the Grand Commander. 1573–6:
1. Misery of Mook-Heath
2. The Leyden drama.
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