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William of Orange is NOT the King of Holland! There never was a King of Holland. William is stadtholder of the Republic of the United Provinces. Since Holland was the most important of these provinces, it is sometimes used as the name of the whole country. This much the same as people referring to the United Kingdom as England or to the Soviet Union as Russia. However, that is a minor detail.

The fractious provinces would elect an administrator to oversee the affairs of the republic, including commander in chief of the army and navy. That is what William is. The position was a lifetime appointment, and it was generally inherited. He thus had quasi-kingly power, but he was ultimately responsible to those who gave him that power. William ultimately became king of England, but even there had to share power with parliament.

With graduate degree in European history, I find this error incredibly annoying, like scratching on a blackboard. I can only think of two reasons for this. First the creators of the series cannot be bothered explaining 17th Dutch politics. Second, making the bad guy head of a republic would make him sympathetic to a modern audience.

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I'm glad someone caught that besides me, well done.

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I, too, could not figure this out! Why did they take artistic freedom with history? This will be very confusing to those not familiar with the facts.

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Look at your explanation. The showrunners can easily just explain Williams power with one word by just calling him king instead of going through the governmental structure of 17th century Holland and possibly confusing the audience and saving much needed time and budget on filming that explanation.

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I forgot this bit - do they call him literally 'the Kind of Holland' or 'the Dutch king'?
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