To mark the 450th anniversary of the outbreak of the 80 Years' War, we’re giving away a copy of Anton van der Lem's compelling new retelling of the conflict, Revolt in the Netherlands. Featuring many striking illustrations that have rarely been seen before, this is a timely and balanced account of one of the most historically important conflicts of the early modern period.

Beginning in 1566, the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands rebelled against the absolute rule of the King of Spain. A confederation of duchies, counties and lordships, they demanded the right of self-determination and their long struggle to regain their liberty was a decisive episode in world history and an important step on the path to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In Revolt in the Netherlands, Anton van der Lem explores the main issues at stake on both sides of the struggle and why it took eighty years to achieve peace. He recounts in vivid detail the roles of the key protagonists, the decisive battles and the war’s major turning points, while all the time unravelling the shifting political, religious and military alliances that would entangle the foreign powers of France and Italy, Germany and England.

How to enter

One winner will receive one copy of the book. To be in with a chance of winning, please answer the question below. Good luck!

Question: In which year did the 80 Years' War begin?

Please email your answer to with 80 Years War Competition in the subject field.

The competition will close at 6pm on Friday 16th November 2018.

We're sorry but the competition is only open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Please see our full terms and conditions here.

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