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Holland’s Golden Age

Holland’s Golden Age


The expansion of trade and the importance of commerce in 17th century Europe is best reflected in the wealth and power of the United Netherlands. The Dutch people, numbering barely 1.5 million, thrived behind the earthen walls that protected their small country from the North sea. The Netherlands had been a manufacturing center since the Middle Ages, and in the middle of the 16th century, Antwerp served as the commercial hub of northern Europe.

Book Review: Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror By Tracy Borman

Book Review: Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror By Tracy Borman

Behind every great man, so the saying goes, is a great woman – or, in the case of the man known to posterity as William the Conqueror, a diminutive one. William’s wife Matilda of Flanders stood little more than four feet tall, but she loomed large, all the same, in the creation of his newly royal dynasty.
The first of her attributes that appealed to the young William, duke of Normandy, was her impeccably blue blood.