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By Mary Macgregor

Tale of the fight for spiritual liberty within the Netherlands. via the center of the 16th century the little state of the Netherlands was once status at bay, defying those that, because of inquisitions and edicts, have been attempting to stamp out all who wouldn't join the Roman Catholic religion. The struggle was once lengthy and determined, however it was once fought to the loss of life by means of the Provinces, below the management of the hero and liberator of the Netherlands, William of Orange. frequently baffled or even crushed, William the Silent struggled on via failure to victory, giving his time, his possessions, or even his lifestyles for the sake of his nation. Admirable retelling of the narratives given in Motley's Dutch Republic and Prescott's Philip II, with various full-page illustrations complementing the textual content. compatible for a long time 14 and up.

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These had been sent as an additional escort by his father. Everywhere along the route, by Munich, Trent, Heidelberg, multitudes crowded, anxious to catch at least a glimpse of the young prince who would one day wield the mightiest sceptre in Europe. After a journey of four months Philip at length reached Brussels. Here the enthusiasm of the people was unbounded. The expectant crowds vented their excitement in shouts and cheers, while amid the roar of cannon, the ringing of bells from every tower and steeple, Philip made his first entry into the land of the Netherlands.

As they proceeded the rain fell in torrents, and through the storm a cavalier was seen riding at full speed towards them. He brought a ring for Philip from Queen Mary, and an entreaty that he would not travel farther till the storm had spent itself. The Prince, not understanding English, and fearful of evil in a country where he was disliked by the populace, believed the cavalier had ridden to warn him of impending danger. He instantly drew up and consulted with the Duke of Alva and Egmont, who attended him.

With Mary Tudor, Queen of that country, might be solemnised. Urged by the Emperor and Queen Mary of Hungary, Philip laid aside the cold and haughty air that had impressed the Netherlanders so unfavourably, and showed such "gentleness and humanity" on his journey to England that he charmed all whom he met. After landing at Southampton, Philip was escorted by the Earl of Pembroke and a body of English archers to Winchester. As they proceeded the rain fell in torrents, and through the storm a cavalier was seen riding at full speed towards them.

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