Autumn of 1577 the opportunity briefly existed for a united front to be set up in the Netherlands under the leadership of William of Orange. The opportunity soon evaporated.
“His root problem was therefore to hold the Catholic south without losing the Calvinist north; to unit both without sacrificing either” – C.V.Wedgewood
“Father of the Fatherland” – C.V.Wedgewood
Grandees wants to be in charge completely but William kept getting in the way and stopping this
Grandees persuade Archduke Matthias in 1578 for William to be his righthand man
Alva’s repressive plan, politically not religiously, caused William to decide to eliminate the Spanish.