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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 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 2,059,107 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia. William the Silent is the 274th most popular politician (down from 211th in 2019), the 84th most popular biography from Germany (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 18th 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 274 out of 15,577Before him are Nursultan Nazarbayev, Philip IV of Spain, Mahmud II, Charles the Bald, Edward III of England, and Elizabeth of Russia. After him are Silvio Berlusconi, Harald Fairhair, Georges Danton, Ariel Sharon, Edward II of England, and Ahmed II.

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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, Andrea Gabrieli, Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland, Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Hieronymus Fabricius, and Abdullah Khan II. 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, Balthasar Gérard, Jan Kochanowski, Marcantonio Colonna, Mikołaj "the Red" Radziwiłł, and Pieter Pourbus.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 84 out of 6,142Before him are Heinz Guderian (1888), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), Arminius (-17), Charles the Bald (823), Charles Bukowski (1920), and Erich Maria Remarque (1898). After him are Peter III of Russia (1728), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Albertus Magnus (1206), Albert Speer (1905), Jürgen Habermas (1929), and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 18Before him are Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Klemens von Metternich (1773), Martin Bormann (1900), Konrad Adenauer (1876), Helmut Kohl (1930), and Charles the Bald (823). After him are Peter III of Russia (1728), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Gerhard Schröder (1944), Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), and Willy Brandt (1913).