Princely Power in the Dutch Republic : Patronage and William Frederick of Nassau 1613-64 (Studies in Early Modern European History)

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Princely Power in the Dutch Republic : Patronage and William Frederick of Nassau 1613-64 (Studies in Early Modern European History)

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Based on one of the richest surviving diaries of the Dutch Golden Age, Princely Power in the Dutch Republic recaptures the social world of William Frederick of Nassau (1613-1664). As a Stadholder and relative of the Prince of Orange, William Frederick was among the key players in a fragmented republican state system. This study offers a vivid analysis of his political strategies and reveals how unwritten codes of patronage guided his daily contacts and shaped his mental world. As a patron at his court and as a client of the Prince of Orange, William Frederick developed distinctive patronage roles, appropriate to different social spheres. By assessing these different roles, Janssen provides a unique insight into the ways in which a seventeenth-century nobleman negotiated and articulated clientage, friendship and corruption in his life.This study offers an in-depth analysis of political practices in the Dutch Republic and reconsiders the way in which patronage shaped early modern politics, affected religious divisions and framed social identities. -- .

Table of Contents

Preface                                            xi
Glossary xii
Abbreviations xiii
Note on references and manuscript sources xv
Introduction 1
Patronage 2
A multidisciplinary tradition 2
Dutch traditions 4
Questions and starting-points 5
Social spheres and social roles 7
The language of patronage 8
Autobiographical sources 10
Correspondence 12
PART I: PATRON IN FRIESLAND, 1640-1650
1 Loyalty on trial 20
The years before 1640 21
The inheritance of patronage 22
Court clientele 23
Regent clientele 25
Frederick Henry 28
Conflict 30
Disorder in Friesland 33
Relationships restored 34
2 The stadholder becomes a patron 41
Instructions 42
The election of magistrates 44
Selection criteria 46
Confessional segregation 48
The role of the patron 52
Brokers 55
Patron in the countryside 59
A military trump card 62
Group identity and ideology 63
3 The count as patron 72
Houses and domains 73
Courtiers 76
Public and private 78
The role of the court patron 80
The role of the court client 82
Identity 84
PART II: CLIENT AT THE ORANGE COURT, 1640-1650
4 Under the authority of the master 92
The Orange court 92
The count as client 94
Frederick Henry 95
William II 97
A new policy? 100
Reorganisation of the court 103
A core clientele 104
Selection criteria 105
Old and new networks 107
Public and private circuits 112
Reactions 113
The dilemmas of the client 114
5 The fall of the Boss 122
Crisis 123
The obedient client 126
The coup 129
Success? 130
Clients in a time of crisis 133
Orange's private clientele 134
Orange's public clientele 136
Losing the patron 139
PART III: WITHOUT A PATRON, 1650-1664
6 New relationships 146
Discord 146
Rivals 148
The power of the broker 150
Success in Groningen and Drenthe 151
Stadholder in Groningen 153
Stadholder in Drenthe 156
Thwarted ambitions 156
Affairs in The Hague 160
An ideological dimension 162
7 The limits of power 170
Formalised patronage 171
Corrupted patronage 173
Corrupted gifts 175
Public and private patronage 177
Succession 179
An accidental death 181
Epilogue 185
Bibliography 188
Index 209