Editors. "Elizabeth refuses to accept sovereignty of the Netherlands". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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William the Silent, Prince of Orange, despairing at the course of the war against the Spanish governors of the Netherlands, offers Elizabeth I of England the sovereignty of the Netherlands, but she declines to take it, since it would draw her into conflict with Spain.