1533, Apr 241584, Jul 10
the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581. He was born in the House of Nassau as Count of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau and the ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands. A wealthy nobleman, William originally served the Habsburgs as a member of the court of Margaret of Parma, governor of the Spanish Netherlands. Unhappy with the centralisation of political power away from the local estates and with the Spanish persecution of Dutch Protestants, William joined the Dutch uprising and turned against his former masters.
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07/06/1551- William the Silent weds countess Anna van Egmont in Buren
11/17/1555- William the Silent becomes member of Council of State 
01/27/1556- William the Silent becomes a knight in Order of the Golden Fleece 
08/09/1559- William the Silent becomes viceroy of Holland/Zealand/Utrecht 
02/22/1561- William the Silent appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais 
08/25/1561- William the Silent marries duchess Anna of Saxon
12/31/1564- William the Silent demands freedom of conscience/religion 
04/11/1567-Dutch prince William the Silent flees from Antwerp to Breda 
01/24/1568-In Netherlands, Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva, declares William the Silent an outlaw 
10/05/1568- William the Silent's army occupies Brabant 
06/09/1572- William the Silent's army occupies Gelderland 
07/18/1572- William the Silent recognized as viceroy of Holland/Friesland/Utrecht 
07/23/1572- William the Silent's troops occupy Roermond on the Spanjaarden 
10/28/1574-Prince William the Silent installs university 
06/24/1575- William the Silent marries Charlotte of Bourbon
03/15/1580-Spanish king Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of prince William the Silent 
03/17/1580-Prince William the Silent welcomed in Amsterdam 
07/24/1581-States of Holland/Zealand recognized by William the Silent 
03/18/1582-Prince William the Silent injured in attack at Antwerp 
07/22/1582- William the Silent moves from Antwerp to Delft 
04/12/1583- William the Silent marries Louise de Coligny [s/b 4/24? -ed]
04/15/1595- William the Silent's daughter, Elisabeth of Nassau, marries duke Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne
06/05/1848-Statue of prince William the Silent unveiled 
 Mentions (10)
Charlotte of Bourbon
a Princess consort of Orange as the third spouse of William the Silent, Prince of Orange, the main leader of...
Sancho d'Avila
...1574, d'Avila defeated Louis and Henry, brothers of William the Silent, in the Battle of Mookerheyde. In 1576,...
Emilia of Nassau
the third and youngest daughter of William the Silent and his second wife Anna of Saxony. After her father's death she acted...
Henriette Catherine of Nassau
...had made great progress since the assassination of William the Silent. Her father wanted to make peace with Germany...
Louise Henriette of Nassau
a Countess of Nassau, granddaughter of William I, Prince of Orange, " William the Silent", and an Electress of Brandenburg....
Manuel of Portugal
...married in 1597 Countess Emilia of Nassau, daughter of William the Silent and Anna of Saxony. Manuel was born...
Maurice of Orange
...Orange upon the death of his eldest half-brother Philip William in 1618, he was known as Maurice of Nassau. Maurice...
Anna van Egmont
...wealthy Dutch heiress who became the first wife of William the Silent, Prince of Orange. Anna was born in Grave....
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt
...and Italy before settling in The Hague. He supported William the Silent in his revolt against Spain, and fought...
William I
...of count Henry III of Nassau-Breda and the father of William I of Orange.His eldest son William the Silent inherited...
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