Lot 280: Nobleman (1533–1584) and primary leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years' War. He led the Dutch to several successes against the Spanish and was declared an outlaw by the Spanish king in 1580 before being assassinated in Delft in 1584. Manuscript DS in German, signed "Wilhelm, Prinz zu Oranien," one page both sides, 8.25 x 12.5, October 7, 1569. Document to Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. Signed at the conclusion by William of Orange and countersigned by Augustus, the elector of Saxony known for reconciling his fellow Lutherans with the Roman Catholics to bring the initial belligerency of the Reformation in Germany to an end. In fine condition, with expected document wear and toning to edges.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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