Willem I 'de Zwijger' van Nassau-Dillenburg, Prins van Oranje (1533 - 1584) MP

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Nicknames: "Willem van Oranje", "William the Silent", "Willem de Zwijger", "Vader des Vaderlands", "Part 1 William I 1533-1584 "the Silent"", "Count of Nassau", "Vianden and Dietssz", "Prince of Orange 1544-1584", "Lord of Egmond and Count of Buren 1551-1584", "Stadtholder of Holla..."
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Nassau, Deutschland(HRR)
Death: Died in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederlande
Cause of death: Assassination by Balthasar Gérard
Occupation: Prins Willem "de Zwijger" ("The Silent") van Oranje, Graaf van Nassau (Stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands), Prince of Orange, Fürst von Oranien (1544 - 1584) Graf von Nassau, 1577 Generalstatthalter in den Niederlanden
Managed by: Knut Stangenberg
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About Willem I 'de Zwijger' van Nassau-Dillenburg, Prins van Oranje

William the Silent in English Wikipedia

Willem van Oranje, Willemde Zwijger in de Nederlandse Wikipedia

William the Silent

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source : Willem the Silent -------------------- William I 1533-1584 "the Silent", Count of Nassau, Vianden and Dietssz, Prince of Orange 1544-1584, Lord of Egmond and Count of Buren 1551-1584, Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht and Burgundy, VisCount of Antwerp, Baron of Breda 1559-1584, Stadholder of Brabant 1577, Stadtholder of Frisia 1580 clclick the image to enlarge


William I, Prince of Orange, also widely known as William the Silent (Dutch: Willem de Zwijger), or simply William of Orange (Dutch: Willem van Oranje),was born on 24 April 1533 in the castle of Dillenburg in Nassau, present-day Germany.


He was the eldest son of William "the Rich", Count of Nassau and Juliana of Stolberg-Werningerode, and was raised a Lutheran. He had four younger brothers and seven younger sisters: John, Hermanna, Louis, Mary, Anna, Elisabeth, Katharine, Juliane, Magdalene, Adolf and Henry.


When his cousin, René of Châlon, Prince of Orange, died childless in 1544, the eleven-year-old William inherited all Châlon's property, including the title Prince of Orange, on the condition that he receive a Roman Catholic education. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau. Besides Châlon's properties, he also inherited vast estates in the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium). Because of his young age, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V served as the regent of the principality until William was fit to rule. William was sent to Brussels to study under the supervision of Mary of Habsburg (Mary of Hungary), the sister of Charles V and governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (Seventeen Provinces). In Brussels, he was taught foreign languages and received military and diplomatic education and became a wealthy nobleman. --------------------

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Predecessor: [René of Châlon] Successor: [Philip William]

  • Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Friesland, Leader of the Dutch Revolt: In office 1559–1584
  • Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht: In office 1559 – 1567 (removed from office after flight) Monarch: Philip II of Spain

Predecessor: [ Maximilian II of Burgundy] Successor: Maximilien de Hénin-Liétard

  • Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht (reinstated by States General) In office 1572 – 1584 (assassination)

Predecessor: Maximilien de Hénin-Liétard Successor: [Adolf van Nieuwenaar] (Utrecht) [Maurice of Nassau] (Holland and Zeeland) Republican Stadtholder of Friesland: In office 1580 – 1584 (assassination)

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Willem van Oranje's Timeline

1533
April 24, 1533
Dillenburg, Nassau, Deutschland(HRR)
May 4, 1533
Dillenburg,Hessen-Nassau,Prussia
1551
July 8, 1551
Age 18
Buren, Buren, Gelderland, The Netherlands
1554
December 19, 1554
Age 21
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
1556
1556
Age 22
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
1559
1559
Age 25
1561
August 25, 1561
Age 28
Leipzig,Leipzig,Saxony
1562
October 31, 1562
Age 29
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Nederlande
1564
December 18, 1564
Age 31
1564
Age 30
Albany,Albany,New York,USA