By Rudolf Dekker
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’)’.
Family, Culture and Society in the Diary of Constantijn Huygens Jr, Secretary to Stadholder-King William of Orange by Rudolf Dekker