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By John Lothrop Motley


Motley's History of the Netherlands

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The Siege of Antwerp

Prince William of Orange-Nassau (William the Silent)

The Earl of Leichester

Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma

John of Barneveld


The Hague

1566, the last year of peace

A pleasantry called voluntary contributions or benevolences

A good lawyer is a bad Christian

A terrible animal, indeed, is an unbridled woman

A common hatred united them, for a time at least

A penal offence in the republic to talk of peace or of truce

A most fatal success

A country disinherited by nature of its rights

A free commonwealth--was thought an absurdity

A hard bargain when both parties are losers

A burnt cat fears the fire

A despot really keeps no accounts, nor need to do so

A sovereign remedy for the disease of liberty

A pusillanimous peace, always possible at any period

A man incapable of fatigue, of perplexity, or of fear

A truce he honestly considered a pitfall of destruction

A great historian is almost a statesman

Able men should be by design and of purpose suppressed

About equal to that of England at the same period

Absolution for incest was afforded at thirty-six livres

Abstinence from unproductive consumption

Abstinence from inquisition into consciences and private parlour

Absurd affectation of candor

Accepting a new tyrant in place of the one so long ago deposed

Accustomed to the faded gallantries

Achieved the greatness to which they had not been born

Act of Uniformity required Papists to assist

Acts of violence which under pretext of religion

Admired or despised, as if he or she were our contemporary

Adulation for inferiors whom they despise

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