Jean-Marc van Tol writes book about Johan de Witt

Jean-Marc van Tol writes book about Johan de Witt

Comic book artist and historical writer Jean-Marc van Tol, best known as one of the men behind Fokke & ., is a book about Johan de Witt. De Witt was one of the most important Dutch politicians of the Golden age.

He wants therein to try hard to make that prince Willem III with a bunch of faithful ones behind the murder of Johan de Witt sat. That has Of Toll Saturday night told the Radio 1-program With the eye on tomorrow.

It is Sunday 345 years ago that the then raadspensionaris of Holland, together with his brother Cornelis was killed at the prison gate in The Hague. An enraged crowd tore the two brothers, literally, from each other. The body parts were exhibited on the Green Zoodje in the city.

“The conspiracy is difficult to prove”, says Van Tol. “William III has destroyed much. But there is a lot of circumstantial evidence. All the people who were involved in the murder.” There was never someone punished for a possible plot. “Except by God, it is said. Some of the people involved are very poor on their end.”

Brilliant statesman

Of Toll is part of a group of historians who are engaged with the unlocking of all correspondence from and about Johan de Witt in the National Archives. It is intended that the roughly 100,000 of the epistles where it goes in the future, available digitally for researchers. According to Van Tol contain the letters a wealth of information about the “brilliant statesman”, as he is The Witt indicates.

In Den Haag there Sunday afternoon a wreath laying place at the statue of Johan de Witt, in addition to the prison gate, to the murder to remember. With his finger pointing the image to the place where the brothers by the furious mob were killed.

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