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March 16, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Gustav III, Willem I, P.C. Hooft

On the 16th of March –

In 1792 king Gustav III of Sweden was shot by a conspiracy of noblemen who saw him as a tyrant. Whether he was depends on your view of absolute monarchism. He died on the 26th of March, after the wound became infected.
Gustav III.

Prince Willem of Orange proclaims himself King Willem I of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (which at the time included the current area of Belgium). This is the start of constitutional monarchism in the Netherlands. All very constitutional of course except for the ‘proclaims himself’ part.
Willem I, Koning der Nederlanden [gravure door B. Taurel naar schilderij van J.W. Pieneman]
Tafereelen uit de regering van Willem I, als souvereine vorst der Nederlanden
Zie Neêrlands koning met zijn' dierb're gemalin, en kroonprins, Neêrlands hoop en Ruslands groot-vorstin

Dutch writer and historian P.C. Hooft is born in 1581.
P.C. Hooft (1581-1647), historicus, dichter en toneelschrijver. Drost van Muiden en baljuw van het Gooiland. Gravure van A. Blooteling naar M.J. Landzaat
More P.C. Hooft in Europeana can be found in the Dutch Literary Canon pages.

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