THE FIRST REVOLT, 1566-1568
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Between 16 November and 20 December 1565 the Council of State considered the details of the Segovia Woods letters, and eventually called upon all provincial authorities to enforce the laws against heresy. However, many grandees and leading noblemen had met on a number of occasions during September and November to discuss political developments and now they considered resisting the king’s orders. The lesser nobility were also intent on showing their hostility to the king’s policies and the publication of the letters from the Segovia Woods strengthened their resolve. Under the direction of John Marnix about 400 lesser noblemen, including Brederode and Louis of Nassau, signed a document known as the ‘Compromise of the Nobility’, by which they agreed to confederate together to resist the inquisition. The grandees refused to sign the Compromise but they helped the confederates by refusing to enforce the heresy laws in their own provinces. William of Orange even asked M argaret to relieve him of his governorship on the grounds that he felt unable to enforce Philip’s policies.