Editors. "Queen Elizabeth declines the sovereignty of the Low Countries". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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In despair at their prospects in the wake of William the Silent's assassination, Dutch commission offers Queen Elizabeth the sovereignty of the Netherlands, which she declines, as she did when previously offered it in 1575.