The Netherlands

By Mary MacGregor. Illustrated by A. D. McCormick. A sweeping account from master history storyteller Mary MacGregor dealing with the tumultuous period of the Eighty Years’ War, or “Dutch Revolt,” and its main protagonists, the Spanish King Philip II, William I, Prince of Orange, the Duke of Alba, Don John of Austria, and the Duke of Anjou, all set against the dramatic and violent story of the establishment of the first modern republic in Europe.

Readers will discover the close relationship between the Dutch independence drive and the ongoing religious conflict of the time—and the brutal methods used by the Catholic Church, through the Spanish royal house, in its efforts to suppress the Protestantism which gripped much of the rebellious Dutch provinces.

Murder, betrayal, and calumny of unimaginable extent steadily dragged the rebellious Dutch into war with their Spanish overlords. The conflict was to exact a toll of countless lives—those of innocents and protagonists alike—before the revolt led to the formation of the independent Dutch Republic.

Cover image: The Siege of Breda by Pieter Snayers (1592–1666).

About the author: Mary MacGregor (1874–1961) was one of the most important juvenile historical authors of the early twentieth century. She specialized in classic history and European myths, and achieved fame for her ability to convert complex themes into simple story lines.


Chapter 1: The Early Struggles

Chapter 2: The Abdication of Charles V

Chapter 3:  Philip, the Prince

Chapter 4: Philip in the Netherlands

Chapter 5: Philip Leaves the Netherlands

Chapter 6: Granvelle and Orange

Chapter 7: Orange Opposes Granvelle

Chapter 8: The Inquisition

Chapter 9: Granvelle’s Downfall

Chapter 10: The Inquisition Resisted

Chapter 11: Revenge Taken on the Image-Breakers

Chapter 12: William of Orange Pacifies Antwerp

Chapter 13: Orange Leaves the Netherlands and Alva Arrives

Chapter 14: Alva’s Reign of Terror

Chapter 15: William Defies Alva

Chapter 16: Alva Avenges the Victory of Heilger-Lee

Chapter 17: Orange Returns to the Netherlands

Chapter 18: A General Pardon Proclaimed

Chapter 19: Montigny’s Doom

Chapter 20: The Sea-Beggars

Chapter 21: The Capture and Surrender of Mons

Chapter 22: The Struggle Between Spain and the Provinces Grows Desperate

Chapter 23: The Siege of Haarlem

Chapter 24: The Patriots Win by Land and Sea

Chapter 25: The Grand Commander

Chapter 26: The Siege and Relief of Leyden

Chapter 27: The Grand Commander Dies

Chapter 28: The Spanish Fury

Chapter 29: Don John of Austria

Chapter 30: Don John’s Treachery

Chapter 31: The Prince of Orange is Invited to Brussels

Chapter 32: Don John’s Struggles and Death

Chapter 33: Alexander of Parma

Chapter 34: The Ban

Chapter 35: The Duke of Anjou’s Reception and Subsequent Treachery

Chapter 36: The Plot against Orange and Its Success


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