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Sarah Gregor
Sarah Gregor • 2 years ago

Balthasar Gérard was the assassin of the Dutch independence leader, William I of Orange (William the Silent). He killed William I in Delft on July 10, 1584, by shooting him twice with a pistol, and was afterwards tried, convicted, and gruesomely executed. He came from a Roman Catholic family with 11 children and was a great admirer of Philip II, king of Spain and the Netherlands. King Philip offered a reward of 25,000 crowns to anyone who killed William the Silent.

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