William the Silent, Prince of Orange, the Moderate Man of the Sixteenth Century: The Story of His Life as Told from His Own Letters, from Those of His Friends and Enemies and from Official Documents - Vol. 2

William the Silent, Prince of Orange, the Moderate Man of the Sixteenth Century: The Story of His Life as Told from His Own Letters, from Those of His Friends and Enemies and from Official Documents - Vol. 2

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William the Silent, Prince of Orange, the Moderate Man of the Sixteenth Century: The Story of His Life as Told from His Own Letters, from Those of His Friends and Enemies and from Official Documents - Vol. 2

William the Silent, Prince of Orange, the Moderate Man of the Sixteenth Century: The Story of His Life as Told from His Own Letters, from Those of His Friends and Enemies and from Official Documents - Vol. 2

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For a brief space it seemed as though resistance to Philip were at an end in the Netherlands. At the beginning of 1572, there was a sluggish calm over the land. The tax of the tenth penny had been allowed to rest in abeyance for two years, so-called donations from the states taking the place of the unpopular impost. In the course of the year there came a change. The viceroy determined to enforce the collection of the tax, and the first mention of such intention roused the quiescent burghers to a state of exasperation.1 Every petty merchant realised at once, that commerce could not exist with such a handicap. They . . .

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