Monarchies, States Generals and Parliaments: The Netherlands in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

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H. G. Koenigsberger
Cambridge University Press, Nov 22, 2001 - History - 381 pages
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This 2001 book charts the history of the States General - the parliament - of the Netherlands and its relations with two phases of monarchical rule in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Unlike the English parliament, the States General was a composite body, representing the local estates of the separate provinces which were anxious to keep their autonomy. The history of the States General was determined by this structure, and by its relations with the monarchy: dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century, and Spanish Habsburgs in the sixteenth. Ideally, everyone was meant to cooperate. In practice, there was already a major crisis by the 1480s, and divisions from the 1560s led to decades of civil war. By 1600 the Netherlands had split between the United Provinces - a parliamentary regime, governed as a republic by the States General - and the Spanish Netherlands.
  

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Contents

Prologue i
13
The first crisis 14771494
42
The Netherlands becomes part of a composite monarchy
73
The Netherlands at the centre of the Habsburg composite
151
The Netherlands at the centre of the Habsburg composite
172
the regency of Margaret of Parma
193
The governorgeneralships of the duke of Alba 15671573
220
myths and realities 15761581
260
Parliamentary government and dominium regale 15801600
301
Epilogue
322
Bibliography
344
Index
356
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Professor H. G. Koenigsberger FBA is one of Britain's senior historians. German by birth, he has taught at Manchester, Nottingham, Cornell and London, and is now Professor of History Emeritus and Fellow, King's College London. Koenigsberger is also a Past President of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, and in 1987 Cambridge published a festschrift in his honour under the title Politics and Culture in Early Modern Europe, ed. Mack and Jacob. In the late 1960s Koenigsberger was a founder-editor (with Professor Sir John Elliott) of the 'Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History' series, where his book is now being published.

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