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Nassau (European history) - Place names:, House of Nassau, Other types of things:


A Burgundian noble family, who rose as servants of the Habsburgs, then rebelled against their authority in the Low Countries. They were made stadtholders of Holland, Zeeland, and Friesland, Counts of Nassau, and Princes of Orange by Charles V. The heirs to the titles, William of Orange (1533–84), and his brother Louis (1538–74), Count of Nassau, supported and led the Dutch Revolt (1566–1648) against their former masters.

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