Edict of 1577

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The Edict of 1577 (also known as the Perpetual Edict) was signed in February 1577 in Marche-en-Famenne by the new Spanish governor-general of the Habsburg Netherlands, Don John of Austria. This accord provided for the removal of Spanish forces from the Netherlands. Moreover, the edict agreed to uphold the tenets of the Pacification of Ghent. However, in July 1577, Don John began plans for a new campaign against the Dutch rebels. Elizabeth I approved of both the Pacification of Ghent and the Edict of 1577, therefore offering loans and military aid to the Dutch. When it became clear that John would go back on his agreement, Elizabeth planned to defend the provinces with aid of £100,000 and troops against John if he attacked.


  • Lovett, Albert. The General Settlement of 1577: An Aspect of Spanish Finance in the Early Modern Period Historical Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 1–22 (March, 1982).
  • Doran, Susan (2000). Elizabeth I and Foreign Policy 1558–1603. Routledge. p. 33. ISBN 0-415-15355-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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