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The awful end of Prince William the Silent : the first assassination of a head of state with a handgun

Author: Lisa Jardine
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2005.
Series: Making history (HarperCollins (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The assassination of Prince William of Orange by a French Catholic in 1584 had immediate political consequences and a profound effect on the course of history. It was a serious setback for Protestants in the Netherlands, who were struggling for independence from the Catholic rule of the Hapsburg Empire. But the crime's ramifications were even more earth-shattering, for it heralded the arrival of a new threat to the
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: William, Prince of Orange; William, Prince of Orange; William I, Prince of Orange
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Jardine
ISBN: 0060838353 9780060838355
OCLC Number: 61247416
Description: 175 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: How the Prince of Orange came to have a price on his head --
Murder most foul --
A miraculous escape --
The wheel-lock pistol: killing conveniently --
English aftermath 1: 'she is a chief mark they shoot at' --
English aftermath 2: pistols and politics.
Series Title: Making history (HarperCollins (Firm))
Responsibility: Lisa Jardine.
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"The assassination of Prince William of Orange by a French Catholic in 1584 had immediate political consequences and a profound effect on the course of history. It was a serious setback for Protestants in the Netherlands, who were struggling for independence from the Catholic rule of the Hapsburg Empire. But the crime's ramifications were even more earth-shattering, for it heralded the arrival of a new threat to the safety of world leaders and the security of nations: a pistol that could easily be concealed on one's person and employed to lethal effect at point-blank range. In this provocative, fascinating, and enormously engaging work, noted author and historian Lisa Jardine brilliantly recounts the brazen act of religious terrorism that changed everything--and explores its long and bloody legacy, from the murder of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 to the slaying of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914, to the plague of terror and violent zealotry that infects our world today."--Publisher's website.

An account of the 1584 shooting of the Protestant Prince William of Orange by a French Catholic, assessing the struggle of the Netherlands to overthrow Catholic rule, and its implications for other heads-of-state fearful of assassination.

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