Meet one of the most important people in the history of The Netherlands; William the Silent. Get to know his story and what he meant for the Netherlands as we know it now. Learn about the live of this remarkable man from beginning to end.
Discover more about one of the most important events from the history of The Netherlands; The murder of William the Silent by Bathasar Gérard. Visit Museum Prinsenhof Delft and pay a visit to the exhibition ‘William the Silent is here.’
In this exhibition, you get to meet William the Silent. Get to know his story from the beginning to end. Meet him as a young man, as a family man, and as a ruler. Through amazing animations, audio and shadow play, you experience his whole life.
Who is William the Silent?
William the Silent is one of our king’s ancestors. He started his career in the service of Emperor Charles V. The successor of Charles V was Philip II. William the Silent was fiercely against the policy of Philip II. This led to the 80 Years’ War. William the Silent was declared an outlaw by Philip II and fled to Delft. After having decorated a court for him in Delft, it was called Prinsenhof. From here he could continue his policy. He stood for religious freedom and freedom of conscience for everyone. He wanted to share his statements about freedom for religion and freedom of conscience. He made a pamphlet as a form of propaganda, and after approval from the States-General of the Netherlands, this pamphlet was printed and widely distributed.
William the Silent in the here and now.
Follow his footsteps in Museum Prinsenhof Delft. He laid the foundation for the Netherlands as we know it today. During your visit, you can find out what role he played in the revolt against the Spanish rulers during his years in Delft. And wonder what his influence was and still is on the Netherlands of today? Is he indeed the Father of the Fatherland? The discussion about religious freedom and freedom of speech is still an important item. The story about William the Silent is not only relevant today, but also provides food for thought.
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