So this guy has a sorta weird nickname. It was “The Silent”
silence will fall when the question is asked.
Yay Silents. silence will fall.
Silents are actually Dutch, and the Doctor is actually a Spaniard. And they both fought over the Netherlands. Yay!
WE KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THE NETHERLANDS.
So. William was pretty much the Father of the Netherlands. BUT LET’S STEP INTO THE TARDIS AND CONTINUE WITH THIS DOCTOR WHO THEME. silence will fall when the question is asked.
Charles V. Holy Roman Empire. And he was like “MARTIN LUTHER IS A HERETIC” at Wyrms. Turns out that the family he was from kinda inherited the Netherlands. Charles was fond of the city of Brussels. Which is in Belgium. Which was a part of the Netherlands. And Brussels was one of his favourite place to live. And even though they didn’t really like him, they kinda considered him to be Dutch.
Anyway, the Netherlands started being Protestant. And then the Inquisition! And people were burned and tortured and all that nice stuff. 5,000 protestants were put to death. THEN THINGS GOT WORSE. silence will fall.
Charles kinda retired and gave the throne to his son. Who was not named Charles. His son’s name was Philip II. But he didn’t like the Netherlands. He just kinda thought it was a place to herpderp. So he decided to declare war on the Netherlands!
William the Silent! silence will fall when the question is asked.
He was actually German. And he was the Prince of Orange. He was raised Protestant but trained Catholic. Which made things kinda awkward. And when he was old enough, he got put in charge of some Catholic troops in France. Which was good. His buddy was Charles V and everyone was happy.
Who wasn’t technically the Emperor, but he was still nice to Philip.
For a little. He made him governor of the Netherlands. Buuut then it was a steady decline and William didn’t really like how all of his people were getting killed. And he pretty much got told that Philip was teaming up with France to KILL ALL THE PROTESTANTS. silence will fall.
So William kinda had an official side-switch. He was now pro-Protestant.
Then a revolt! silence will fall when the question is asked.
The leadership of said revolt was kinda thrown on to William, and he was kinda confused. But he fought anyway.
Also I guess we just kinda dropped that whole Doctor Who thing we had going. silence will fall when the question is asked.
So he was revolting against Spain. But he wasn’t a very good leader. And he had to ask France for help. And he didn’t go to church a lot because he was busy leading a revolt. And the Catholics didn’t really like him either. Oh, and his brother got dead too. silence will fall.
BASICALLY EVERYONE HATED HIM.
Dude Duke. He was sent from Spain to the Netherlands to set up the “Council of Troubles.”
Which was... Troubling.
silence will fall when the question is asked.
So a lot of people were killed because they weren’t for the Spanish or the Catholics. And more just kinda got everything taken away from them. And it was also called the Council of Blood, but both names are good. Er, bad. They’re bad names. But they are accurate ones.
THE CITY OF ANTWERP.
IT GOT PILLAGED. By the Spanish. They kinda went insane and moved south and they started killing all of these Dutch and oh man it was bad. It was really bad. silence will fall.
So pretty much the North and South part of the Netherlands had been divided. They were really different and they didn’t really help each other out.
UNTIL THEN. They signed this treaty thing and they fought together. Well, for a while. Because Spain won back the Southern Part.
But so a bunch of Northern Parts broke up and one was the Republic of the United Netherlands. And the other part was Belgium.
The Dutch signed their own Declaration of Independence and it basically said “WE’RE NOT HERE FOR SPAIN.”
And Philip didn’t like that.
So he was like “NO MOAR WILLIAM.” And then he put up an old west wanted poster. Hooowever, multiple attempts were made. Most failed. Until this insane Fenchman came, SNUCK INTO HIS HOUSE WHILE HE WAS EATING DINNER WITH HIS FAMILY, AND THEN SHOT HIM. WITH TWO PISTOLS. silence will fall.
This only made the Dutch more mad because that meant they had their very own martyr. Yay!
So the Dutch eventually totally won against the Spanish. They became a free country and they got a statue and they also got the colour orange.
YAY NETHERLANDS. DUTCH. BLEHBLUHBLEH.
P.S: In no way am I saying that the Doctor is a bad guy. And in no way am I in support of the Silents, or the Silence, or any of their associates. silence will fall when the question is asked.