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By Rudolf Dekker

ISBN-10: 9004250948

ISBN-13: 9789004250949

Beginning with the research of the diary stored via Constantijn Huygens Jr within the moment half the seventeenth century, this e-book sketches a wide ranging view of lifestyles between Dutch regents and on the court docket of William and Mary, together with an eyewitness account of the fantastic Revolution, and highlighting subject matters corresponding to clinical growth, ebook and paintings amassing.

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On 23 February 1689 Huygens was among the spectators who saw William and Mary being proclai­med king and queen ‘in front of Whitehall with drums and trumpets’. ’ Huy­gens was not certain if this accorded with court etiquette, since he was not an English subject, but a Dutch citizen. In the Dutch con­text this gesture would have been unthinkable. A stad­hol­der did not have sub­ jects, only fellow citi­zens, who were his equals, at least officially. ’ In his diary Huygens expressly recor­ded that the king had told him that ‘only Englishmen were allowed to greet him in this way’.

He was not the only one with doub­ts: the count of Nassau-Saarbrü­ck and Godard van Reede-Ginc­kel, generals in the Dutch army, told Huy­gens that they ‘saw great difficul­ties in the enter­prise’ (3 Novem­ber 1688). Willi­am Stanley, a clerk in the employ of Prin­cess Mary, gave Huygens more comforting news. He had heard that ‘in London everyone says what he wants, because they do not dare to repress dis­sent, and he also said that fewer than seven ships of the king’s fleet were manned’ (22 October 1688).

Huygens des­cribed such a conversa­tion in his diary: ‘Steen­bergen said at the dinner table this evening that the king had told Johan van Dorp “que dans notre armée il y avoit beau­coup de catho­li­ques” (‘that there are many catholics in our army’). Van Dorp had answe­red “Oui, Sire, mais ils ont des épées pro­testan­tes” (‘Yes, Your Highn­ess, but their swords are pro­testant’)’ (1 Janua­ry 1689). The king said something similar to Captain Coenraad Weck, remarking ‘that sol­diers were not guided by “un prin­cipe de religion” (‘a prin­ciple of reli­gion’), because he had always thought that “parmi les soldats l’honneur alloit tou­jous devant la religi­on” (‘for soldiers honour was always more impor­tant than reli­gion’)’.

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