Murder of the de Witt brothers in the Netherlands

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Historical Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.1: Dutch and Flemish Writing and Culture, 800-present.

Johan and Cornelis de Witt, Dutch brothers who champion republicanism and have argued that the offices of Captain-General and Stadtholder (now both united in William of Orange) should never be held by the same individual, are assassinated at the Hague. 

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