William the Silent Timeline

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  • 1533 - 1584
    Life of statesman, military commander, and advocate for religious tolerance, William the Silent (William of Orange).
  • 1559 - 1568
    William the Silent serves as stadtholder and leader of the political opposition to Spanish policies in the Netherlands.
  • 1564
    William the Silent openly advocates for religious tolerance in the Netherlands.
  • 1568 - 1584
    William the Silent serves as military commander of the Protestant forces in the Netherlands during the Eighty Years' War.
  • 1572
    William the Silent issues his writ The Goals of William of Orange concerning the war.
  • 1582
    Assassination attempt on William the Silent fails.
  • 1584
    William the Silent is assassinated by a Catholic zealot.
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