Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Van der Werff at the Siege of Leiden (1574)

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Series:

History of the native country

Timeframe:

Explorers and reformers

Scene of action:

Leiden

Illustrator:

Eichman, J.H. en Altmann, H.

Publisher:

L. de Fouw, Goes

Year of publication:

1856

Themes:

War   

Leiden was besieged and surrounded by Valdez on May 20th 1574. The town had little food supplies. The wall chart displays mayor Van der Werff offering his own body as food. The citizens beg for the town to surrender, which did not happen. Leiden was relieved on October 3rd 1574.