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Motley, John Lothrop

(Encyclopedia) Motley, John Lothrop, 1814–77, American historian and diplomat, b. Dorchester, Mass. Author of two novels concerning Thomas Morton (1839 and 1849), as well as a number of articles for…

Utrecht

(Encyclopedia) Utrecht, city (1994 pop. 234,106), capital of Utrecht prov., central Netherlands, on a branch of the Lower Rhine (Neder Rijn) River. It is a transportation, financial, and industrial…

Dutch West India Company

(Encyclopedia) Dutch West India Company, trading and colonizing company, chartered by the States-General of the Dutch republic in 1621 and organized in 1623. Through its agency New Netherland was…

Brewer's: Green Dogs

Any extinct race, like that of the Dodo. Brederode said to Count Louis: “I would the whole race of bishops and cardinals was extinct, like that of green dogs.” (Motley Dutch Republic, part…

Brewer's: Carbineer

or Carabineer. Properly a skirmisher or light horseman, from the Arabic carabine. A carbine is the light musket used by cavalry soldiers. “He ... left the Rhinegrave, with his company of…

Brewer's: Catilines

and Cethegi (The). Synonyms for conspirators who hope to mend their fortunes by rebellion. “The intrigues of a few impoverished Catilines and Cethegi.” —Motley: Dutch Republic. Source:…

Brewer's: Parisian Wedding

(The). The massacre of St. Bartholomew, part of the wedding festivity at the marriage of Henri of Navarre and Margaret of France. “Charles IX., although it was not possible for him to…

Brewer's: Sick Man

(The). So Nicholas of Russia (in 1844) called the Ottoman Empire, which had been declining ever since 1586. “I repeat to you that the sick man is dying; and we must never allow such an…

Brewer's: Dogs

(a military term). The 17th Lancers or Duke of Cambridge's Own Lancers. The crest of this famous cavalry regiment is a Death's Head and Cross-bones, OR GLORY, whence the acrostic Death Or…

Brewer's: Gueux

Les Gueux. The ragamuffins. A nickname assumed by the first revolutionists of Holland in 1665. It arose thus: When the Duchess of Parma made inquiry about them of Count Berlaymont, he told…