In the wake of the assassination of William the Silent, the
Estates-General of the Netherlands offers the sovereignty of their
country to Henry III of France, but he dares not antagonise Philip
II and therefore refuses.
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Editors. "Henry III of France refuses the sovereignty of the Netherlands". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=15311, accessed 24 April 2018.]