William the Silent

1533 - 1584

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William the Silent (24 April 1533 – 10 July 1584), also known as William the Taciturn (translated from Dutch: Willem de Zwijger), or, more commonly in the Netherlands, William of Orange (Dutch: Willem van Oranje), was the main 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 1581. 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 1,649,192 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). William the Silent is the 211th most popular politician (down from 206th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Germany and the 13th 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 211 out of 15,710Before him are Catherine I of Russia, Rudolf Hess, Akbar, Charles X of France, Napoleon II, and Emperor Meiji. After him are Empress Dowager Cixi, James VI and I, Scipio Africanus, Thutmose III, Salvador Allende, and Antoninus Pius.

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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, Giacomo della Porta, Ismail II, Andrea Gabrieli, Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland, Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Claudio Merulo, and Hieronymus Fabricius. Among people deceased in 1584, William the Silent ranks 2Before him is Ivan the Terrible. After him are Charles Borromeo, Francis, Duke of Anjou, Yi I, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Jan Kochanowski, Balthasar Gérard, Marcantonio Colonna, Mikołaj "the Red" Radziwiłł, and Pieter Pourbus.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 62 out of 5,289Before him are Alexander von Humboldt (1769), Eva Braun (1912), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Frederick the Great (1712), Charles Bukowski (1920), and Heinrich Heine (1797). After him are Jacques Offenbach (1819), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), and Erich Maria Remarque (1898).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 13Before him are Hermann Göring (1893), Joseph Goebbels (1897), Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Klemens von Metternich (1773), William I, German Emperor (1797), and Frederick the Great (1712). After him are Konrad Adenauer (1876), Charles the Bald (823), Martin Bormann (1900), Clara Zetkin (1857), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), and Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050).