Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In

Dutch Revolt

​Documents relating to the early years of the Revolt of the Netherlands 

cited by François le Petit 1559-1579

Alistair Duke​

François le Petit​, La Grande Chronique … de Hollande, Zélande, West-Frise, Utrecht, Frise, Overyssel & Groeningen jusques à la fin de l'an 1600 (2 vols, Dordrecht, 1601), II [Books 1-11] 1-392 covering the years 1559-1579. 



2-3 April                     Principal terms of Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis, Le Petit, II, p. 19

December                   Persecution of French Protestants,[1] Le Petit, II,p. 20 


11 March                    Orange, Egmont and Horn write to King,[2] Le Petit, II,p. 47

6 June                         King's reply to Orange, Egmont and Horn,[3] Le Petit, II,p. 47

29 July[4]                      Response of Orange, Egmont and Horn to King,[5] Le Petit, II, p. 47



Extract from Francois Baudouin, Discours sur le faict de la reformation de l'Eglise,[6] Le Petit, II,76-89


17-20 October            Extract from King's letters to Regent from Segovia, Le Petit, II, 50

18 December              Regent's letter to Provincial Governors,[7] Le Petit, II, 51


1566                           Plans to convert Low Countries into a monarchy,[8] Le Petit II, p. 90 

1566                           Extract from Vraye Narration,[9] Le Petit, II, 141-160

24 January                  Orange's letter to Regent,[10] Le Petit, II, 51-53

3 February                  Regent's reply to Orange,[11] Le Petit, II, 53

Spring                         Request from Brabant to King re anti-heresy edict, Le Petit, II, 93-101

5 April                        Brederode's speech when he presented the Petition, Le Petit, II, 103

8 April                        Regent's Response to Nobles' Request, Le Petit, II, 105

9 April                        Regent's letter to provincial governors,[12] Le Petit, II, 105-106

July                             Protestants in Low Countries seek protection of Compromise, Le Petit, II, 107

18 July                        Response of Nobles at Duffel to Regent, Le Petit, II, 107-110

July?                           Request of Reformed to Antwerp magistrates for place to hold their                                 services, Le Petit, II, 111

July?                           Clarification for Regent of Responses of Nobles, Le Petit, II, 113-15

21 July                        Regent's Letter to Towns, Le Petit, II, 115-16

1 August                     King's letter to Orange,[13] Le Petit, 126

18 August                   1st Letter from Alava (Paris) to Regent re government of LC, Le Petit, II, 126-28

25 August                   Regent's Letter to Nobles of Compromise, Le Petit, II, 120-21

25 August                   Undertaking given by leading members of Compromise to Regent, Le Petit, II, 121-22.

August?                       Extracts from letters from King to Regent, Le Petit, II, 122-23

August?                       Ministers in Antwerp ask for places to hold their services, Le Petit, II, 124

29 August                   2nd Letter from Alava (Paris) to Regent, Le Petit, II, 128-29



18 January                   Request from Reformed in Amsterdam to Orange,[14] Le Petit, II, 137.


18 January                   Summons issued by King against Orange, Le Petit, II, p. 170-71

16[15] February              Netherlanders allegedly condemned by Inquisition for high treason, Le Petit, II, 174-75

 3 March                      Orange's letter to Alba,[16] Le Petit, II, 173-74

23 March                     Orange's rebuttal of charges, Le Petit, II, 171-73

April                            Orange's Justification, Le Petit, II, 176-91

April?                          Extracts from Hoogstraten's Defence,[17] Le Petit, II, 191-94

28 May                        Floris van Pallant's residence in Brussels torn down[18] Le Petit, II, 176

5 June                          Egmont's letter to the King at his execution, Le Petit, II, 200-01 


9 December                 Request of Princes and Cities of Germany to the Emperor about persecution in the Low Countries,[19] Le Petit, II, 214-18


September?                 Letter from States of West Friesland to Alkmaar, Le Petit, II, 259-60

1 September                Letter of Sonoy to magistrates of Alkmaar, Le Petit, II, 259


23 January                   Requesens' instructions to Julian Romero for relief of Middelburg, Le Petit, II, 272-73

c.3 February                Letter Middelburg urging Requesens to relieve town, Le Petit, II, 275 

18 February                 Terms of Middelburg's surrender to Orange,[20] Le Petit, II, 276-77

July?                            Response of States of Holland to peace proposals, Le Petit, II, 280-81

July?[21]                         Request of States of Holland to King about peace proposals, Le Petit, II, 281-82

Late August                Junius' letter to Champagney, Le Petit, II, 282-3


6 September                States of Brabant invite other provinces to consider how to rid country of Spanish soldiers, Le Petit, II, 311-12

8 November                Pacification of Ghent, Le Petit, II, 318-21


10 January                   Union of Brussels, Le Petit, II, 316

April                            Extracts from letters of Escoveda, Don John and Antonio Pérez, Le Petit, II, 335-337. 

July                             Extracts from letters of Don John with German colonels concerning Don John's schemes to seize control of Antwerp citadel, Le Petit, II, 320-21, 330, 332-33, 337. 

26 July                        Extract from letter of Don John to the son of Adrien d'Oignies Sr de Willerval, Le Petit, II, 333.

 1 August                    Letter of Willem van Bloys van Treslong to Don John, Le Petit, II, 338

Autumn?                     States publish their justification[22] for taking up arms against Don John, Le Petit, II, 340-41  


20 August[23]                 Anjou proclaimed as Defender of Liberties of Low Countries, Le Petit, II, 352

13-15 October             Discussions between States of Hainaut and States of Tournai in Tournai about political situation in southern Netherlands, Le Petit, II, 370-71


23 January                   Union of Utrecht, Le Petit, II, 372-76.

30 March                     Letter of States of Lille, Douai and Orchies to States General, Le Petit, II, 367-8

6 April                         Treaty of Mont-Saint-Eloi, Le Petit, II, 366-67

7 April                         States of Artois, Hainaut and Lille, Douai and Orchies confirm treaty, Le Petit, II, 367

8 April                         Reply of States General to letter of 31 March, Le Petit, II, 369-70

12 September              Treaty of Arras and Reconciliation with King, Le Petit, II, 382-83



[1] Le Petit alleges wrongly that 'l'inquisition d'Espagne' was then introduced into France. 

[2] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr. 6743

[3] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr. 6745

[4] Le Petit misdates letter. Should be 29 July 1563

[5] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr, 6746

[6] USTC 2426

[7] See De correspondentie van Willem van Oranje nr. 10052

[8] Le Petit cites Marnix, Vraye narration et apologie des choses passées au Pays Bas USTC 20682 and 4046; see Philips van Marnix van St. Aldegonde  Godsdienstige en kerkelijke geschriften ed. J.J. Toorenenbergen, I, 46.   

[9] Vraye Narration, pp. 53 -  

[10] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr 321

[11] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr 6777

[12] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr 882

[13] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr 10897

[14] Not found in De correspondentie van Willem van Orange,but see nr 13098

[15] Le Petit gives 26 February 1568.

[16] See De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr 1194

[17] This included extracts from Statutes of Golden Fleece and Joyeuse Entrée of Brabant.

[18] The commemorative pillar erected on the site was dated 1568 5. Calen. Iunio. 

[19] Possibly USTC 695051 Supplication an die Roem. Keys. Mayestaet. Item Chur und Fürsten unnd alle andere des hey. Roem. Reichs Staende auff dem Reichstage zu Speyer im October ubergeben. Belangende die grewliche unnd vergewaltigung der Niderlender sonderlich der Evangelischen so biß dahero geübet ynd noch unauffhoerlichen fuergenommen werden.

[20] Partially included in De correspondentie van Willem van Orange, nr 8865. 

[21] See Bor, Oorspongk der Nederlandsche Beroerten, I, 534-35.

[22] Sommier discours des justes causes et raisons qu'ont constrainct les estats generaulx des Païs Bas, de pourveoir à leur deffence contre le seigneur don Jehan d'Austrice USTC 4081

[23] Usually dated as 13 August.​