William of Orange

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William of Orange

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Noun1.William of Orange - King of England and Scotland and IrelandWilliam of Orange - King of England and Scotland and Ireland; he married the daughter of James II and was invited by opponents of James II to invade England; when James fled, William III and Mary II were declared joint monarchs (1650-1702)
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Willem of Orange, who became King of the Netherlands in 1815, regarded literature--along with historiography, painting, and economics--as an important means of welding the Northern and Southern Netherlands together, says Weijermars, and stimulated the literature of the Southern Netherlands and its literary life by subscribing to literary works, accepting offered works, supporting literary societies financially and materially, and distributing royal titles.
Der Konigsmacher begins as a historical novel set in the early nineteenth century and featuring Willem of Orange, the future King of the Netherlands, who has an affair in Berlin with a baker's daughter who bears him an illegitimate daughter.
It was in the Apologie of Prince Willem of Orange, though, published in early 1581 and at least sixteen more times before the end of the century, that the topos became fully codified and definitively registered in the vocabulary of the patriotic party.