The Life and Death of John of Barneveld: Advocate of Holland - Vol. 2

The Life and Death of John of Barneveld: Advocate of Holland - Vol. 2

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The Life and Death of John of Barneveld: Advocate of Holland - Vol. 2

The Life and Death of John of Barneveld: Advocate of Holland - Vol. 2

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The Advocate sounds the Alarm in Germany -- His Instructions to Langerac and his Forethought -- The Prince -- Palatine and his Forces take Aachen, Mülheim, and other Towns -- Supineness of the Protestants -- Increased Activity of Austria and the League -- Barneveld strives to obtain Help from England -- Neuburg departs for Germany -- Barneveld the Prime Minister of Protestanism -- Ernest Mansfield takes service under Charles Emmanuel -- Count of Nassau goes to Savoy -- Slippery Conduct of King James in regard to the New Treaty proposed -- Barneveld's Influence greater in France than in England-Sequestration feared -- The Elector of Brandenburg cited to appear before the Emperor at Prague -- Murder of John van Wely -- Uytenbogaert incurs Maurice's -- Marriage of the King of France with Anne of Austria -- Conference between King James and Caron concerning Piracy, Cloth Trade and Treaty of Xanten -- Barneveld's Survey of the Condition of Europe -- His Efforts to avert the impending general War.

I HAVE thus purposely sketched the leading features of a couple of momentous, although not eventful, years--so far as the foreign policy of the Republic is concerned--in order that the reader may better understand the bearings and the value of the Advocate's actions and writings at that period. This work aims at being a political study. I would attempt to exemplify the influence of individual humours and passions--some of them among the highest and others certainly the basest that agitate humanity--upon the march of great events, upon general historical results at certain epochs, and upon the destiny of eminent personages. It may also be not uninteresting to venture a glance into the internal structure and workings of a republican and federal system . . .

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