This is an account of the Princes of Orange in the Dutch Republic from William I, "the Silent", to William V, the last and saddest, in their roles as "stadholders." It interweaves their personal lives and characters with the development of the unique institution of the stadholderate and the broad political history of the republic. Without attempting to engage in psychohistory, the book treats the mind and personalities of the stadholders as significant factors.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; Prologue; 1. William I: from courtier to rebel; 2. Maurice of Nassau: defender of the Republic; 3. Frederick Henry: firm in moderation; 4. William II: the challenger; 5. The first stadholderless period: 1 exclusion; 6. The first stadholderless period: 2 return; 7. William III: Stadholder and king; 8. The second stadholderless period: doldrums; 9. William IV: neither revolutionary nor reformer; 10. William V: the era of Anna and Brunswick; 11. William V: the Patriot challenge; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.