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Examples of Barneveld
No man then living was so accustomed as he was to sweep the political horizon, and to estimate the signs and portents of the times.
The death of John of Cleve, an event almost simultaneous with the conclusion of the Truce, seemed to those gifted with political vision the necessary precursor of a new and more general war.
In previous works the Author has attempted to assign the great Advocate's place as part and parcel of history during the continuance of the War for Independence.
At a moment when the breathing space had been agreed upon before the conflict should be renewed; on a wider field than ever, between Spanish-Austrian world-empire and independence of the nations; between the ancient and only Church and the spirit of religious Equality; between popular Right and royal and sacerdotal Despotism; it would have been desirable that the soldier and the statesman should stand side by side, and that the fortunate Confederacy, gifted with two such champions and placed by its own achievements at the very head of the great party of resistance, should be true to herself.
The materials for estimating his character and judging his judges lie in the national archives of the land of which he was so long the foremost citizen.
During the period of the Truce he will be found the central figure.