||Willem (Nassau-Dillenburg) van Oranje Nassau was a member of aristocracy in Europe.|
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Prince William of Orange I BIRTH 14 Apr 1533 Dillenburg, Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Hessen, Germany DEATH 10 Jul 1584 (aged 51) Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands BURIAL Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands PLOT Vault of the Dutch Royal Family MEMORIAL ID 10288 · View Source
Prince of Orange. Born Willem von Nassau-Dillenburg the son of Wilhelm Graf von Nassau-Dillenburg and Juliane zu Stolberg-Wernigerode. He inherited the holdings of the Nassau family in the Low Countries in 1544. He was raised largely in the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V who made him a page. In 1555 he was made stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht becoming the first of the hereditary stadtholders of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. In 1566 he and his allies moved to drive the Spanish and their Inquisition out of the Netherlands, when initial failure compelled him to seek alliance with the French. In 1581, with the Act of Segregation, the northern Seven Provinces formally declared independence from the Spanish throne with William as stadtholder. Philip II of Spain put a bounty of 25,000 crowns on William's head declaring him a 'pest' and 'enemy of the human race.' In the summer of 1584 he was shot at close range from ambush by a French Catholic fanatic and died instantly. The murderer was captured, tortured, and executed in the marketplaceat Delft. William had married four times and produced seven children including three future Princes of Orange. He was also known as William the Silent. He is remembered in the Netherlands as the father of the fatherland.
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