By M.B. Meerwijk
Bachelor thesis, University of Utrecht, 2011
Introduction: The central theme in this thesis is diplomacy. Diplomacy conducted by the agents of the Dutch Stadtholder and English King William III of Orange-Nassau directly before and in the wake of the Glorious Revolution of 1688/1689. From the moment William set sail for England, the Dutch Republic and England became involved in the Nine Years War, making it a truly European-wide war. The Nine Years War was fought between 1688/1689 – 1696, principally between the members of the ‘Grand Alliance’ and France. This Grand Alliance was at first formed by Emperor Leopold I of the Holy Roman Empire – though in his capacity of ruler of ‘Austria’ –, the Dutch Republic and England. The main aim of this thesis is analysing the concluding of this alliance: from late in 1688 till 1690. This analysis will be based principally on the letters sent by three diplomats in the service of William III. A second aim of this thesis is to point out the importance of the international context – the European ‘side’ so to speak – of the Glorious Revolution.