In the autumn of 2018, the starting gun for the new exhibition on William the silent is here! will be fired at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft. In the early days of the Eighty Years’ War, crucial events took place in the building that now houses the Museum Prinsenhof Delft. As leader of the Dutch Revolt, William organised the resistance against Spanish rule in the Netherlands from Delft. When the Spanish king Philip II put a price on his head and accused him of disloyalty, the prince wrote his famous defence, the Apology, here. On 10 July 1584, Prince William the silent was murdered by Balthasar Gérard in Prinsenhof. The political murder is not, however, the only thing that took place here. William’s daughter Louise Juliana and his son and successor Frederick Henry were both born in Prinsenhof.
The call for freedom of worship and of conscience, constituting the central theme of the Apology, is once again relevant. Time, then, for a new exhibition on the political and private life of William the Silent.