By David Onnekink

Hans Willem Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649-1709) was once the nearest confidant of William III and arguably crucial baby-kisser in Williamite Britain. starting his profession in 1664 as web page to William of Orange, his fortunes won momentum with the Prince's upward thrust to energy within the Netherlands and Britain, rising as William's favorite at court docket from the 1670s onwards. Taking a commonly chronological technique, the valuable problem of this publication isn't really just to supply a biographical account of Portland's existence, yet to discover wider political subject matters inside a eu context. by way of analysing Portland's position inside William's executive it indicates how royal favourites may nonetheless wield enormous effect on ecu occasions and aid form royal coverage, quite in regards to overseas coverage. by way of attractive with the query of why any such determine emerged, this learn is helping light up the workings of William's govt and the significant function of his international entourage. Drawing from archival fabric in England, Scotland, France and The Netherlands, it ties the background of post-Revolution Britain with political occasions within the Netherlands. It additionally analyses Anglo-Dutch political kin throughout the an important interval of the 9 Years conflict, Britain's first significant dedication to a continental conflict because the 16th century. In so doing it connects Dutch and British historiography and considerably contributes to our knowing of British politics through the 1690s, either regionally and inside of a world context.

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