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The Awful End of Prince William the Silent: The First Assassination of a Head of State with a Hand-Gun Paperback – 19 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; UK ed. edition (19 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007192584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007192588
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Jardine’s book is masterly, because she captures in a snapshot the mood or ethos of the era. She draws on archives, literature, science and art to paint images as richly evocative as a Rembrandt. This is very much a book for our time.’ Sunday Times

‘Ingenious…a refreshing foray into an area often neglected by historians.’ Independent

‘An enthralling train ride of a book, light, swift and perfectly prepared…An engrossing spritely read.’ Observer

‘Lisa Jardine has written with her typical flair, the prehistory of our haunted obsession with the handgun.’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Recounts the events leading up to [Prince William’s] death with concision and clarity.’ Financial Times

‘Lively and thought-provoking; the perfect length for an evening read.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Nobody can explain factual history more clearly than Jardine.’ The Times

Synopsis

This is a brilliantly detailed and gripping account of the assassination in 1584 of Prince William of Orange, and the shockwaves it sent through an age. The illustrious "Making History Series", edited by Lisa Jardine and Amanda Foreman, explores an eclectic mix of history's tipping points. In "The Awful End of Prince William the Silent", series editor Lisa Jardine explores the historical ramifications of just such a instance, the first assassination of a head of state with a hand-held gun. The shooting of Prince William of Orange in the hallway of his Delft residence in July 1584 by a French Catholic - the second attempt on his life - had immediate political consequences: it was a serious setback for the Protestant cause in the Netherlands, as its forces fought for independence from the Catholic rule of the Hapsburg empire. But, as Jardine brilliantly illustrates, its implications for those in positions of power were even more far-reaching, as the assassination heralded the arrival of a lethal new threat to the security of nations - a pistol that could be concealed and used to deadly effect at point-blank range.

Queen Elizabeth I, William's close Protestant ally, was devastated by his death and thrown into panic; in the aftermath of William's death, legislation was enacted in the English parliament making it an offence to bring a pistol anywhere near a royal palace. Elizabeth's terror was not misplaced - as Jardine observes, this assassination was the first in a long and bloody line including those of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 and is all too relevant today.

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