Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory by Lisa Jardine

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By Lisa Jardine

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England's nearly cold wonderful Revolution of 1688, during which the Dutch king William of Orange overthrew James II, begun as a antagonistic takeover yet quickly became a pleasant merger, in response to British historian Jardine (The lousy finish of Prince William the Silent). She explores the attention-grabbing Anglo-Dutch dating to reply to how and why sworn foes turned associates so seamlessly. Jardine focuses in general at the subterranean highbrow, cultural and clinical intersections among the 2 nations and unearths that contacts have been non-stop and at the same time effective for many years ahead of William's invasion. Cross-border fertilization led to of the best painters of the age—Peter Paul Rubens and Anton van Dyck—working for English buyers whereas esteemed participants of the Royal Society (such as Isaac Newton) corresponded with their Netherlandish opposite numbers (such as Christian Huygens). by way of having a look so heavily at elite opinion, even if, Jardine too frivolously dismisses the virility of petty nationalism reduce down the dimensions and too simply glosses over the very actual army tensions among the 2 powers. however, this can be a hugely unique paintings that would entice fanatics of Simon Schama's groundbreaking The Embarrassment of Riches. colour and b&w illus. (Sept.)

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Exploring the cultural interchange among England and the Netherlands within the mid-1600s, historian Jardine makes a speciality of the royal and courtier circles that cultivated the humanities and sciences blossoming in that interval. Her effusively illustrated booklet reproduces approximately a hundred modern photos of work and prints, every one of which leads into the textual content, which discusses their connective function among the 2 nations. Jardine additionally strains the connections among the home of Stuart and the home of Orange, whose political interactions culminated within the wonderful Revolution of 1688, the drama of which traditionally overshadows their wealthy internet of cultural relationships, Jardine’s inquiry indicates. certainly the antagonists James II and William of Orange are immediately recognizable to historical past readers, while Jardine’s protagonist is infrequently recognized. he's Constantijn Huygens (1596–1687), a Dutch diplomat and gourmet of portray, structure, and backyard layout, and father of Christian, the well known astronomer, and Constantijn, who used to be William’s secretary in the course of the invasion of britain. Weaving the fortunes of the Huygens extended family into dynastic dynamics, Jardine richly monitors the society during which Rubens and van Dyck flourished. --Gilbert Taylor -

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The Rye House Plot of 1683, however, led to the execution of two of his closest friends, Lord Essex and Lord Russell. After attending Russell throughout his trial and up to his execution, Burnet resigned his post. At the accession of James II, Burnet’s outspoken anti-Catholic views placed him in serious danger, and he left England for the Continent. After travelling in France and Switzerland, in May 1686 he arrived in Utrecht, where he was presented with letters from Prince William and Princess Mary, inviting him to enter their personal service.

In the German version he used the same general terms he German version he used the same general terms he had used in soliciting help from the German Princes. The French translation of the manifesto appealed to Huguenots on the Continent as well as to those who had emigrated to England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Bundles of free copies were sent to booksellers to be sold at a price set by themselves. Copies were posted through the penny post and sent anonymously to private citizens.

Extra copies were produced after the landing by John White of Yorkshire. 6 Outside London, the distribution and reading of the Prince of Orange’s Declaration was the radical intervention which effectively substituted for real hostilities in bringing about the ‘Glorious Revolution’ itself. At Exeter – the first official stop for William and his army en route for London – the Prince’s chaplain, Gilbert Burnet, took over the cathedral and ‘commanded’ the local clergy to sing a celebratory Anglican Te Deum, and then obliged them to listen while he, from the pulpit, ‘read aloud the Prince’s Declaration and reasons for this his expedition’.

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