Monarchies, States Generals and Parliaments: The Netherlands in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

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This history of the States General of the Netherlands and its relations with the monarchy involves the dukes of Burgundy and the Spanish Habsburgs in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. After more than a century of mainly peaceful cooperation, the two sides quarrelled violently about religion, sovereignty and local privileges, and decades of civil war led to a split in the country. The North became a republic and a parliamentary regime, while the South remained attached to the Spanish monarchy and continued without the States General.

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'… the reader is rewarded … with a magisterial sweep and expert grasp based on many decades of uninterrupted research and reflection on the themes in question.' The Times Literary Supplement

'… he has not only helped to discover similarities between the States General before and after the Revolt of the Netherlands, but also put into sharper focus major differences between the two periods.' Parliaments, Estates and Representation

'… an important scholarly contribution …' Reviews in History

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Professor H. G. Koenigsberger FBA is one of Britain's senior historians. German by birth, he has taught at Manchester, Nottingham, Cornell and London, and is now Professor of History Emeritus and Fellow, King's College London. Koenigsberger is also a Past President of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, and in 1987 Cambridge published a festschrift in his honour under the title Politics and Culture in Early Modern Europe, ed. Mack and Jacob. In the late 1960s Koenigsberger was a founder-editor (with Professor Sir John Elliott) of the 'Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History' series, where his book is now being published.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Glossary; Maps; 1. Prologue; 2. The beginnings of the States General; 3. The first crisis (1477–94); 4. The Netherlands becomes part of a composite monarchy (1506–31): Philip the Handsome (1494–1506); 5. Dominium politicum et regale in a composite monarchy: the regencies of Margaret of Austria (1507–30); 6. Dominium politicum et regale in a composite monarchy: the regency of Mary of Hungary, I (1531–50); 7. The Netherlands at the centre of the Habsburg composite monarchy: the regency of Mary of Hungary, II (1550–5); 8. The Netherlands at the centre of the Habsburg composite monarchy: the governor-generalship of Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy (1555–9); 9. Rule from Madrid: the regency of Margaret of Parma (1559–67); 10. The governor-generalships of the duke of Alba (1567–73) and of Don Luis de Requesens (1573–6); 11. The beginnings of parliamentary government: Holland and Zeeland (1572–6); 12. Rule by the States General: myths and realities (1576–81); 13. Parliamentary government and dominium regale (1580–1600); 14. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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