Sunday, July 10, 2005

"Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips..."

Today is the anniversay of the assassination of William I, Stadtholder of the Netherlands, in 1584. William's murder is apparently somewhat notable (among other things) because he was the first head of state to be assassinated with a firearm - a matter that British scholar Lisa Jardine has made the topic of a recent book. I haven't read the book, though I believe that Jardine has a broader argument to overlay on top of her historical snapshot.

Incidentally, bit of trivia for you - Lisa Jardine is the eldest daughter of the late Jacob Bronowski*.


*who, on top of his other achievements, was a pioneer of operational research in WW2.

1 Comments:

Anonymous DFF said...

My hat is off to you for using quotes from the Blues Brothers and from Kentucky Fried Movie as post titles recently. How does a (presumbably rather young) Briton get such a profound knowlege of so-bad-they're-classic US films? Anyway, William's death amply bears out your point about the role of chance in events and the danger of overinterpreting the attacks on London at this stage of the inquiry. A more unlikely assassin or murder than William's would be hard to imagine.

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