American historian John Lothrop Motley (1814-77) graduated from Harvard in 1831. During 1832 and 1833 he studied in Göttingen before returning to the United States. Already the author of two novels and numerous essays, he began to plan a history of the Netherlands, but, unable to find all the source material he needed in America, he returned to Europe in 1851, this time with his family. The next few years he spent researching in Dresden, The Hague and Brussels. The result was this famous account of the foundation of the Dutch Republic, first published in 1855. Volume 3 covers the period 1576-84, including the 1581 Act of Abjuration, declaring independence for the Dutch Republic, and the assassination of William the Silent, the leader of the revolt, in 1584. This volume also includes a cumulative index.
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Part IV continued: 3. Barren diplomacy and submarine laurels; 4. The Hopper policy and the monster mutiny; 5. The Antwerp fury ripens the Ghent concord; Part V. Don John of Austria. 1576-8: 1. Lepanto's hero; 2. The under side of the cards; 3. A lion in the toils; 4. The outlaw's return; 5. The guardian of the Netherland bride and her suitors; Part VI. Alexander of Parma. 1578-84: 1. A nation severed and a republic born; 2. Triumphs of treason; 3. Sterile conferences and teeming intrigues; 4. Declaration of independence; 5. Two elected sovereigns; 6. The French fury and its results; 7. A hero's death; Index.