Editors. "Don John of Austria tries to end civil war in Netherlands". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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Don John of Austria, the new Governor of the Netherlands, signs the Perpetual Edict in an attempt to end the civil war. This promises the removal of all Spanish troops from the country within 20 days, and the restoration of the ancient liberties of the provinces. It also recognises the agreements of the Pacification of Ghent, signed by the 17 Provinces. However, because it specifies the maintenance of Roman Catholicism across the country, and does not delineate any way for the Pacification to be maintained, William of Orange refuses to publish the Edict. Even while proclaiming peace, Don John is actually planning another campaign against the rebels; fearing that this will involve an invasion of England, Queen Elizabeth forces him to send …
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