He visited different cities and spoke with stadholders
. And that is all recorded almost in the hour in his diaries.
It's now their national colour, but it used to represent the Stadholders
, a group allied to William V, descendant of William of Orange, who weren't happy about the country's status as a republic.
In around 1800, some 20,000 Swiss soldiers were at the service of Dutch stadholders
, or governors.
The Counter-Remonstrants at least nominally favored permanent war with papist Spain and liberation of the southern provinces, and the princes of Orange as stadholders had traditionally championed and sustained this cause.
He recalls portraits of the princes of Orange, and, in fact, his doppelganger appears decades later in another painting by De Bray in the Oranjezaal at Huis ten Bosch, which commemorated the life and victories of the Prince of Orange and stadholder, Frederick Henry.
Price can do little here but rehash some well-worn themes, chief among them being the conflict between Holland and the stadholders
. If the materials are old, however, Price at least has a strong argument to make concerning them.
The salaried chief executive, the stadholder, had limited powers, but potentially considerable influence, and usually commanded the army and navy as captain-general.
Trained in affairs of state by de Witt, at twenty-one he was appointed captain-general and stadholder by popular demand in face of the invading French and in the end decisively defeated them.
The four sections of the work follow from key political events: Leicester's departure in 1588; the death of the Stadholder
, Frederik Hendrik, in 1647; and the death of William III (both Stadholder
and English king) in 1702.
He described how he saw the changes in the attitudes of the Amsterdam regents which resulted in William III, Prince of Orange and Stadholder of Holland, accepting an invitation to their city after a seven years' absence.
William II in his short stadholdership (1647-1650) had demonstrated an exaggerated form of the leadership his father Frederick Henry (stadholder, 1625-47) had so successfully pursued during the latter stages of the Eighty Years' War against Spain.