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Minor alteration to definition of boundaries of Ducal holding The original text reads "Dender en Zenne" which refers in late mediaeval Flemish to two distinct rivers, the Dender (passing through Denderleeuw, for instance) about 25km west of the Zenne, which passes through the centre of Brussels (for about the last 100 years in a culvert). The current name for the Zenne is the Senne. The word "en" should have been translated as "and".
François, Duke of Anjou, is on the list of Habsburgs; but he was a Valois, with a Medici mother. Does anyone know how he appears in the list in reference books? qp10qp 23:03, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
I am at least going to change the date he became duke of Brabant from 1581 to 1582, per Knecht, Catherine de' Medici, 1998, p. 212.qp10qp 14:02, 9 September 2007 (UTC).
Hello qp10qp, Francois was made sovereign over the Habsburg Netherlands by the Northern insurrection that had sworn off, Philip II of Spain as their sovereign in 1581. As Brabant was the central state of this composite monarchy, he was styled by that name, but the insurrectionist territory never included much (if any) Brabant territory during the reign of Francois. The whole thing was not a success and the Duke died shortly after. Eventually a Dutch Republic was founded in the north that eventually did came to include large parts of Brabant. Gerard von Hebel (talk) 20:49, 24 July 2016 (UTC)