Blood (noble)
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1. Definition

The William, the national anthem of the Netherlands, celebrates not only the “German blood” but also the “noble blood” of William of Orange, the viceregent from the House of Nassau and leader of the Dutch Revolt (1568-1648). His “noble blood” means his descent from “imperial stock,” which as it were establishes the prince’s eminent personal qualities. This was  the view not only of the poem’s author, Philips van Marnix, Heer van Si…

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Wrede, Martin, “Blood (noble)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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