For example, according to sources, his distant ancestor planned an assassination attempt on one of the ancestors of our current king, Willem-Alexander. “Claes Michels Bontenball, also known as Claes Bontenball (1575 – Rotterdam, 3 July 1623), was Zevenhuizen’s secretary, was involved in a conspiracy against Prince Maurice of Orange and was beheaded for this reason,” the Ruta Historica website reported. Which Claes Michielsz’s involvement is further explained.
In 1622, some protesters, including Johan van Oldenbarnevelt’s sons, Reinier and Willem, planned an attack on Prince Maurits. They planned to hire a number of ferrymen to kill the prince during his trip from The Hague to Rijswijk to visit Margaretha van Mechelen. 6,000 guilders were needed to employ these people and purchase weapons. Claes Michielsz Bontenbal, himself a protester, was prepared to offer a third of this amount. A total of ten people were hired for the attack. The last four revealed the plot to the government. Most of the conspirators were arrested, but a few, including Willem van Oldenbarnevelt, managed to escape.
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