Who: Key Figures from the Renaissance Netherlands

Nobility and statesmen aligned to the rebellious Dutch contended against members and supporters of the Hasbsburg family as war erupted in the Low Countries.

Against that backdrop, the work of culture and knowledge continued as artists, printers, theologians, and humanist scholars contributed to the Northern Renaissance.

Covering seventy years of war, politics, and culture means you’ll be introduced to a wide variety of influential figures who left their mark on the history of the Low Countries. Here are some the most important names to know.

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Philip II

William of Orange

Elizabeth I


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