Spain seeks to crush the Dutch revolt

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Historical Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

The Duke of Alva arrives in the Netherlands as military governor with 10,000 veteran Spanish and Italian troops. He establishes a 'Council of Troubles' to subdue the territory after its recent Calvinist rebellion. It soon becomes known as the 'Council of Blood', because it institutes a reign of terror, especially since the revolt it was designed to quell was already defeated, making its campaign one of revenge rather than security.

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Editors. "Spain seeks to crush the Dutch revolt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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