William of Orange (1533-1584) was a highly esteemed guest and counselor at the Court of the emperors Charles V and Phillip II. He got important assignments and enjoyed the exuberance of courtly life.
In 1564, he became the leader of the Dutch resistance. He started submitting pleas and acting as a diplomat; later on he became involved in armed resistance.
In 1572, in order to gain the support of the Dutch people, he called on the main municipalities to unitedly revolt against Spain, the then most powerful country on earth.
He was killed in 1584. He had not seen his eldest son since he was kidnapped by the Spanish as a teenager. He lost his fortune on the continuing war, and three of his four brothers died during a battle. But there was nothing that could stop the Dutch Revolt anymore.
G.A. Henty found a splendid way of telling the story of this struggle, with a main character who is half Dutch, half English. And nothing but high praise of the prince.