William the Silent
- Category : Notable-Famous-Royal-family
- Type : PE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (18)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Incarnation 1
Dutch royalty, the man known as "Father of the Netherlands," as he devoted his life to uniting the provinces to become free of the Spanish.
One of 17 kids of a minor family in the aristocracy, the House of Nassau. When a cousin died, by default he unexpectedly inherited the principality of Orange in south France, 1544. Representing the common man, in 1555 he was stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht. Opposing the repression of the Netherlands by Philip II of Spain, William helped form the Gueux Party in 1566. The Duke of Alba was sent to put down the rebellion in 1567 while William, in exile, raised an army to drive the Spanish out.
William had four marriages; the first wife died, the second was an alcoholic who gave him a child before they divorced. The third match was political, and he was again widowed. His fourth wife left a nunnery to marry him as it was a love match, and they had a family.
In 1576 the provinces of the Netherlands united but three years later William was forced to seek the aid of Francis, Duke of Alencon and Anjou. King Philip II put a price on William's head in 1581 and he was assassinated by Balthasar Gerard who shot him to death with a pistol shot in the chest on 10 July 1584, 2:00 PM, Delft, Netherlands.