There was a good amount of excess in the doing, which came to a head when the Guardsmen, unpaid for too long, started demanding their due directly from the local civilians. They came to the village of Kimsweerd where they did the usual number of robbery, and as a by the way, raped and killed the wife of our subject.
The Dutch, understand, have a long line of tough. Serious tough. Don’t let the pot cafes and the tulips and the cheese fool you. You don’t pull your own country from the oceans without tough. You also don;t don’t make a global empire without tough. And when you kick at the family of a guy like Big Piers, a man who could bend coins with his thumb and forefinger, you will get blowback. Continue reading