William I, Prince of Orange

William I, Prince of Orange (24 April 1533 – 10 July 1584), also widely known as William the Silent (Dutch: Willem de Zwijger),  or more commonly known as William of Orange (Dutch: Willem van Oranje), was the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish that set off the Eighty Years’ War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648.

Evelyn visited William’s tomb whilst visiting Delft in 1641.


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Further reading


  • Austin Dobson footnote.
  • Wikipedia for background, portrait.