How attacking a coach used to carry the death penalty: François Mourrand

On the day of the Queen’s Speech in 2010, a man threw a tea light holder at the golden coach that w…

Jan de Bakker: the first person to be persecuted for heresy in Holland

Believe what you want to believe: it’s something that goes without saying in the Netherlands. But t…

Ocker Repelaer: traitor or hero? On the subversive manoeuvres of an 18th-century diplomat

It was a special group of prisoners: people arrested for committing crimes against the state. Polit…

'A scandal!' For centuries, naming and shaming formed part of Dutch law

Robert M., Benno L., Naoufel F.: when we see names like these in the news, we immediately become cu…

How the jurist Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel ended up behind bars as a political prisoner

He was the most senior administrator in the Dutch Republic when he fell from grace in 1795. The sei…

Witte de With: a Dutch naval hero with a tainted name

Witte Cornelis de With (1599-1658) is the subject of heated debate. For centuries, he was seen as o…