This 2001 book tells in detail the history of the States General of the Netherlands and its relations with the monarchy, first the dukes of Burgundy then the Spanish Habsburgs, in the later fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Glossary; Maps; 1. Prologue; 2. The beginnings of the States General; 3. The first crisis (1477–94); 4. The Netherlands becomes part of a composite monarchy (1506–31): Philip the Handsome (1494–1506); 5. Dominium politicum et regale in a composite monarchy: the regencies of Margaret of Austria (1507–30); 6. Dominium politicum et regale in a composite monarchy: the regency of Mary of Hungary, I (1531–50); 7. The Netherlands at the centre of the Habsburg composite monarchy: the regency of Mary of Hungary, II (1550–5); 8. The Netherlands at the centre of the Habsburg composite monarchy: the governor-generalship of Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy (1555–9); 9. Rule from Madrid: the regency of Margaret of Parma (1559–67); 10. The governor-generalships of the duke of Alba (1567–73) and of Don Luis de Requesens (1573–6); 11. The beginnings of parliamentary government: Holland and Zeeland (1572–6); 12. Rule by the States General: myths and realities (1576–81); 13. Parliamentary government and dominium regale (1580–1600); 14. Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.