By Henk van Nierop,J. C. Grayson
In the spring of 1575, Holland's Northern Quarter--the waterlogged peninsula stretching from Amsterdam to the North Sea--was threatened with forthcoming invasion by means of the Spanish military. because the outbreak of the Dutch insurrection many years prior, the Spanish had many times didn't expel the rebels below William of Orange from this distant sector, and now there have been rumors that the war-weary inhabitants harbored traitors conspiring to assist the Spanish invade. In reaction, insurgent leaders arrested a couple of vagrants and peasants, positioned them at the rack, and brutally tortured them until eventually they confessed and named their principals--a witch-hunt that at last resulted in a tender Catholic attorney named Jan Jeroenszoon.
Treason within the Northern Quarter tells how Jan Jeroenszoon, via nice own braveness and religion within the rule of legislations, controlled to outlive grotesque torture and vindicate himself by way of effectively arguing at trial that the specialists remained topic to the legislations even in occasions of conflict. Henk van Nierop makes use of Jan Jeroenszoon's remarkable tale to offer the 1st account of the Dutch insurrection from the viewpoint of its traditional victims--town burghers, fugitive Catholic clergy, peasants, and vagabonds. For them the Dutch insurrection used to be now not a heroic fight for nationwide liberation yet a typical soiled warfare, whatever to be survived, now not won.
An spell binding account of an unsuspected tale with wonderful smooth resonance, Treason within the Northern Quarter provides a brand new picture of the Dutch riot, person who will fascinate somebody attracted to the character of revolution and civil struggle or the destiny of legislations in the course of wartime.
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Treason in the Northern Quarter: War, Terror, and the Rule of Law in the Dutch Revolt by Henk van Nierop,J. C. Grayson