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July 10, 2011 / jmeuropeana

William the Silent assassinated

On the 10th of July –

William of Orange, aka William the Silent, leader of the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish king is assassinated in Delft in 1584 by Balthasar Gerards. William of Orange is a distant relation to the current ‘House of Orange’ that rule the Kingdom of the Netherlands: they are the descendants of his second cousin twice removed or something like that. But the fact that they share at least some DNA with him seems to give them a legitimate claim to the position of King.

His portrait:
Willem I (prins van Oranje) (1533-1584)

A portrait of Gerards:
Gerards, Balthasar

The assassination:
Aanslag op Willem van Oranje door Balthasar Gerards te Delft

His funeral:
Begrafenis van Willem van Oranje te Delft

His collected letters (part 1):
Correspondance / 1
Here are all the parts.

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