William the Silent

1533 - 1584

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William the Silent or William the Taciturn (Dutch: Willem de Zwijger; 24 April 1533 – 10 July 1584), more commonly known in the Netherlands as William of Orange (Dutch: Willem van Oranje), was the leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648. Born into the House of Nassau, he became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the Orange-Nassau branch and the ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William the Silent has received more than 2,505,373 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). William the Silent is the 372nd most popular politician (down from 272nd in 2019), the 102nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 84th in 2019) and the 24th most popular German Politician.

William the Silent is most famous for being the Prince of Orange and leading the Dutch revolt against Spain.

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Among politicians, William the Silent ranks 372 out of 19,576Before him are Khafra, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Semiramis, Menachem Begin, Indira Gandhi, and Patrice Lumumba. After him are Henry II of England, John III Sobieski, Willy Brandt, Ursula von der Leyen, Cambyses II, and Cnut the Great.

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Among people born in 1533, William the Silent ranks 3Before him are Elizabeth I of England, and Michel de Montaigne. After him are Stephen Báthory, Eric XIV of Sweden, Ismail II, Giacomo della Porta, Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland, Andrea Gabrieli, Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Abdullah Khan II, and Claudio Merulo. Among people deceased in 1584, William the Silent ranks 2Before him is Ivan the Terrible. After him are Charles Borromeo, Francis, Duke of Anjou, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Jan Kochanowski, Yi I, Balthasar Gérard, Mikołaj "the Red" Radziwiłł, Marcantonio Colonna, Mehmed II Giray, and Pieter Pourbus.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 102 out of 7,253Before him are Gerhard Schröder (1944), Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), Ernst Haeckel (1834), Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), and Erich Honecker (1912). After him are Max Born (1882), Willy Brandt (1913), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), Caspar David Friedrich (1774), and Henry the Fowler (876).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 24Before him are Helmut Kohl (1930), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Gerhard Schröder (1944), Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), and Erich Honecker (1912). After him are Willy Brandt (1913), Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), Henry the Fowler (876), Clara Zetkin (1857), Charles the Fat (839), and Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845).