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Princely power in the Dutch Republic

Patronage and William Frederick of Nassau (1613-64)

By Geert Janssen

Princely power in the Dutch Republic
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  • ISBN: 9780719077586
  • Publish Date: Dec 2008
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    Based on one of the richest surviving diaries of the Dutch Golden Age, Princely Power in the Dutch Republic recaptures the social world of William Frederick of Nassau (1613-1664). As a Stadholder and relative of the Prince of Orange, William Frederick was among the key players in a fragmented republican state system. This study offers a vivid analysis of his political strategies and reveals how unwritten codes of patronage guided his daily contacts and shaped his mental world.

    As a patron at his court and as a client of the Prince of Orange, William Frederick developed distinctive patronage roles, appropriate to different social spheres. By assessing these different roles, Janssen provides a unique insight into the ways in which a seventeenth-century nobleman negotiated and articulated clientage, friendship and corruption in his life.

    This study offers an in-depth analysis of political practices in the Dutch Republic and reconsiders the way in which patronage shaped early modern politics, affected religious divisions and framed social identities.

    Contents

    Preface
    List of illustrations
    Glossary
    Abbreviations
    Note on references and manuscript sources
    Introduction
    PART I: PATRON IN FRIESLAND 1640-50
    1. Loyalty on trial
    2. The stadholder becomes a patron
    3. The count as a patron
    PART II: CLIENT AT THE ORANGE COURT 1640-50
    4. Under the authority of the master
    5. The fall of the Boss
    PART III: WITHOUT A PATRON 1650-64
    6. New relationships
    7. The limits of power
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index

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    Geert Janssen is a Temporary Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Cambridge

    Princely power in the Dutch Republic

    By Geert Janssen

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