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The military strategist Maurice of Orange was born. He was stadtholder of all the provinces of the Dutch Republic except for Friesland from 1585 at earliest until his death in 1625. Before he became Prince of Orange upon the death of his eldest... Read more ...

14 November 1567

Maurice of Orange was born
The military strategist Maurice of Orange was born. He was stadtholder of all the provinces of the Dutch Republic except for Friesland from 1585 at earliest until his death in 1625. Before he became Prince of Orange upon the death of his eldest half-brother Philip William in 1618, he was known as Maurice of Nassau.

Maurice spent his youth in Dillenburg in Nassau, and studied in Heidelberg and Leiden. He succeeded his father William the Silent as stadtholder of Holland and Zeeland in 1585, and became stadtholder of Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel in 1590, and of Groningen in 1620. As Captain-General and Admiral of the Union, Maurice organised the Dutch rebellion against Spain into a coherent, successful revolt and won fame as a military strategist. Under his leadership and in cooperation with the Land's Advocate of Holland Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, the Dutch States Army achieved many victories and drove the Spaniards out of the north and east of the Republic. Maurice set out to revive and revise the classical doctrines of Vegetius and pioneered the new European forms of armament and drill. During the Twelve Years' Truce, a religious dispute broke out in the Republic, and a conflict erupted between Maurice and Van Oldenbarnevelt, which ended with the latter's decapitation. After the Truce, Maurice failed to achieve more military victories. He died without legitimate children in The Hague in 1625, and was succeeded by his younger half-brother Frederick Henry.


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Born: 1978 in Norway.
Location: Bergen.
Education:
  • 1994-1997: Skeisvang upper secondary school.
  • 1997-1998: Infantry squad leader in the Royal Navy's coast artillery.
  • 2000-2003: BA from the University of Bergen (UiB) with history and media science as subjects.
  • 2003-2005: MA in history from UiB. Specialised in medieval military history.
Work: Employed as a writer in It's Learning.

Publications by Øyvind Flatnes

Vakre våpen svart krutt Leidang Våpenjournalen

From left to right: The book "Vakre våpen - svart krutt", the MA thesis about the peasant levies in operational service and various articles for magazines such as Våpenjournalen, Muskedunderen, Krudtslam and Krutkorn.

Muskedunderen

From July 2003 to July 2007 I was the editor of Muskedunderen ("The Blunderbuss"), the publication of the Norwegian Black Powder Union. Below you see some of the covers I was responsible for.

MD nr. 4 2006 MD nr. 3 2005 MD nr. 2 2005 MD nr. 1 2005 MD nr. 4 2005 MD nr. 3 2005