This website of John Marinus van Voorthuijsen is just getting off the ground

Please also check my more developed FORTHUYSE website at 

or at 

My interest in developing this family website is primarily to use it as a data base or gegevensbestand for factual information, historical data, biographical data, family stories and mythologies, and anything else related to the family, such as perhaps pictures, poetry, prose and/or other art work produced by or about members of our family.

In my Forthuyse website my main interest is to look at relationships, verhoudingen--at all levels and in all contexts, from the submicroscopic to the transmacroscopic. Human relationships are of course dealt with in psychology, for instance, but in other disciplines, such as for example in mathematics or physics, or religion other kinds of relationships also come into play. While we translate psychology often as zielkunde in Dutch, since psyche means soul in Greek and ziel in Dutch--it comes down essentially to a study of relationships. Human to human, as well as human to animal or to environment, to color, sound, and so on. It is therefore not farfetched to consider psychology relationship studies--and hence to think of the soul as relation as well. Much has been written about what a soul is--and no satisfactory answer has been provided--not even by psychology, psychiatry, or religion--each of which is said to study the soul or to heal it in healing relationship.

Originally Forthuyse was conceived as a day to day journal--while the Van Voorthuijsen website would be more of an occasional site in which I would concentrate on the 'historical' context in the life of our family clan, which has been around for at least some 800 years under the same name.

On the more ambitious side, I am thinking of writing a kind of history that will connect members of our larger family clan with events, movements and phenomena in world history that surrounded them  and which they therefore were a part of--and thus connect each of us, members of the family, in a more personal manner to worldwide events in the history of mankind. Some members of the family spell their names with 'uy' instead of 'uij' or go under composite names, like Meyer van Voorthuijsen, Du Marchie van Voorthuijsen, Pijnapple van Voorthuijsen or Van Eyk van Voorthuijsen, but we are all related and descendants of the same Bernardus van Voorthuijsen who lived in the early part of the 13th century (circa 1200 -circa 1253) in Gelderland, central Netherlands.

My hope is thus to provide a context for our often complicated lives.

For the time being, I will simply refer you to certain journal entries which may be of interest to our family history, such as the following:

For other journal entries please go check the complete listing at:

Other members of our extended family clan may have interesting websites and when I become aware of any I will be glad to mention them here as well--to the extent they would not be considerd private. You may contact me at

For now, I will list two:

1. Paul van Voorthuijsen: also known as Holland Page   http:/ 

2. Evert du Marchie van Voorthuijsen - Zon is de toekomst » HOME

The precursor to family clan history and history in general is of course what we call in Dutch sagen en legenden, i.e. sagas and legends--oral traditions, mondelinge overleveringen, stories like many of those in the Old Testament (for the Hebrews), Homer (for the Greeks), or the Aeneas (for the Romans) and so on.

Once these oral traditions were written down, they often lost their evolutionary efficacy, for they became stories cast in stone that one dare not edit, change or alter in any way whatsoever. They became the literal truth. 'Literal truth' often tends to loose contact with immediate reality, with the day to day contemporary context as experienced by live human beings in a living society. That is not a healthy situation. Oral traditions remained alive, for each succeeding generation could and would adjust the words and meanings to reflect contemporary needs and experiences.

There is only one way to meld the oral and written traditions into a single functional narrative--and that is by allowing the written traditions also to evolve with the times: i.e. to adjust the stories or at least the interpretation of the stories, in accordance with the contemporary living experience and overall awareness of our human species, which has only recently been recognized to be the sole and single surviving human species on our wonderful goldilocks planet.

Few people abroad or even in the Netherlands are aware that there is an ancient oral and written tradition for the Franks as well.

The Dutch are of course primarily a mix of Frisians, Franks and Saxons, with some Celtic tribal remnants thrown in (notably the Batavians, over whom I may write at some later time as well)--so the Liber Historiae Francorum should be of great interest to us and you may wish to check out the following link: Liber Historiae Francorum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia from which I quote:

Liber historiae Francorum is customarily dated to 727....

As for that agenda, Fouracre and Gerberding (History and Hagiography) show that the book supports the Merovingian dynasty, but supports its kings only insofar as they rule with the consultation of the major nobles. The nobles, too, are supported only insofar as they do not aspire above their station....

As a widely-read narrative, it helped inculcate a sense of cultural solidarity among the readership for whom it was intended, and whose biases it caters to and whose political agenda it promotes....

From the outset the book promises to present the origins and deeds of the Frankish kings and people. It tells that the Franks originated with a group of Trojan refugees who found themselves on the north coast of the Black Sea. Following that, it relies heavily upon the Gallo-Roman bishop and historian Gregory of Tours (d. 594), whose History it epitomises, corrects and parallels. The last eleven chapters, 43-53 in Krusch's edition, present an independent account of events in the Frankish lands in the 7th and early 8th centuries and attract historians' interest, as they cover ground not lighted by any other source. 

When one reads the sagas and legends of any culture, Hebrew, Greek, Roman or other, it is indeed well to understand that the main "agenda" of such literature is to legitimate and support the society and its ruling authorities to the extent that they stay within the limits of the contrât social as represented by the historically developed, customary, oral or written 'constitutional' limits and structures, unique to that society or tribal group.

A secondary agenda was to ''help inculcate a sense of cultural solidarity among the readership for whom it was intended'' and thus not every tittel and iota is to be read literally as history in the modern sense of the word, but simply as stories that serve the agenda.

Such histories were in other words propaganda--advertising--and we should know by now not to trust the utter veracity of propagenda or advertising, having suffered through one of the longest presidential campaigns in American history. Histories written by politicians and theologians and businessmen are never to be taken at face value....

In this regard check the 1 Etymology  of the word propaganda:

The word originates from the Latin name Congregatio de Propaganda Fide ("Congregation for the Spreading of the Faith") of a congregation founded by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. This department of the pontifical administration was charged with the spread of Catholicism and with the regulation of ecclesiastical affairs in mission territory.

The Latin adjective propaganda, which is a form of the gerundive of the verb propago (from pro- "forth" + *pag-, root of pangere "to fasten"), means "that which is to be spread" and does not carry a connotation of information, misleading or otherwise. The modern sense dates from World War I, when the term evolved to be mainly associated with politics.

One could also read the expression pro paganda as something to be paid for (from pagare/paganda)--i.e. a 'paid for' commerical--hence not to necessarily to be trusted as entirely true:

Propaganda is generally an appeal to emotion, contrasted to an appeal to intellect. Propaganda shares techniques with advertising and public relations. Advertising and public relations can be thought of as propaganda that promotes a commercial product or shapes the perception of an organization, person or brand, though in post-World War II usage the word "propaganda" more typically refers to political or nationalist uses of these techniques or to the promotion of a set of ideas, since the term had gained a pejorative meaning, which commercial and government entities couldn’t accept. The refusal phenomenon was eventually to be seen in politics itself by the substitution of ‘political marketing’ and other designations for ‘political propaganda’.

Herodotus of Halicarnassus may have been the first traveling journalist who accumulated stories that were not necessarily propaganda, but amply satisfied the Greek sense of curiosity about other peoples and distant places. Here he is:

Thucydides' Peloponnesian War went the other way--he wrote the Peloponnesian war in a more genuinely professional manner although that too may have been tinged by some elements of propaganda:

And then there was Joseph Ben Matiyahu (which I suppose is Hebrew for Jospeh Matheson) but also known as Titus Flavius Josephus, after he became affiliated with the the two Flavian emperors Vespasian and Titus who favored him, and who is often cited as the first truly modern historian--but whose agenda was to promote the ancient history of the Jews. Ever since that time the entire Western world has become inordinately preoccupied with Jewish family history.

Antiquities of the Jews

Flavius Josephus Home Page

Josephus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 


Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the]
Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

Now back to my main narrative:

Myths, sagas, and legends may not amount to what we would call professional, academic or even scientific historiography, but they nevertheless do have great value--for they are at least entertaining and may serve many other valid and wonderful purposes as well.

They create and preserve a special bond, a unique relationship among the people that belong to a certain group--a bond that validates their group identity and promotes appropriate group behavior. That's why it is important to get these stories right, not so much on a historical basis, but from a psychologial or even dramatic perpspective. Who cares that little George never cut that cherry tree?

Washington’s Cherry Tree: Legend or Fact? 

It illustrated that though not perfect, George would later become 

The Moral Washington

Drama was what bound people together in a common story, much like the audiences in Bali or other Hindu societies would sit spell-bound for hours and hours listening to a wayang play. As long as they were under the right spell, the good spell or the god spell, gospel, the Euangelion or the good message--no psychological or relational harm could come to them--no demons could touch them, for their minds were entranced by the good spell. The gospels provides such a divine trance to millions of Christians.

See for instance: Gospel, Godspel, Godspell, Evangelion, Euangelion 

A Gospel is one of the four accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ that begin the New Testament; selections from these books are read or sung in Christian churches during worship services. The English word Gospel is derived from the Old English godspel (good tidings), which is a rendering of the Greek evangelion (good news). Scholars generally agree that all four Gospels, which are written in Greek, draw on earlier Aramaic oral or written sources that preserved many of the actual works and sayings of Jesus.

or: etymologie Gospel < god spell = goed verhaal = goede boodschap = evangelie

and also:  biblical literature: Meaning of the term gospel

The English word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon godspell (“good story”). The classical Greek word euangelion means “a reward for bringing of good news” or the “good news” itself. In the emperor cult particularly, in which the Roman emperor was venerated as the spirit and protector of the empire, the term took on a religious meaning: the announcement of the appearance or accession to the throne of the ruler. In contemporary Greek it denoted a weighty, authoritative, royal, and official message.

But the spell, the story, the play (het spel, das Spiel) has to be updated to maintain is potency, its efficacy, and its functionality. That's where functional theologians, the divine playwrights come in, or should come in--if they were worth their salt.

The psychological, relational drama is a drama of the human soul and has to evolve as human beings evolve and as historical contexts change--as human awareness of the greater reality expands towards an ever closer realization of the absolute--but always ready to abandon the entire play for what it is: imaginative fabircations.

At some point the absurdity will manifest itself and the play cannot go one anymore. That's when one has to accept the Mystery.

Recently human understanding of the vastness of the world, of the cosmos, as well as the interactive complexity of its play, its spell, spel, or spiel  has vastly increased --even at the relatively humble current level of a global world community where everyone is interdependent on everyone else....

Keep that in mind as we explore the roots of our family clan, tribe, society, nation and species in the unending saga of human evolution.

Let's start with a look at the beginnings of our own paternal tribal family stories: Frankish mythology

The mythology of the Franks was probably a form of Germanic polytheism, later adapted and supplanted in the wake of their incursion into the Roman Empire. Like many Germanic peoples, the Franks concocted an origins story to explain their connection with peoples of classical history. In the case of the Franks, these peoples were the Sicambri and the Trojans. An anonymous work of 727 called Liber Historiae Francorum states that following the fall of Troy, 12,000 Trojans led by chiefs Priam and Antenor moved to the Tanais (Don) river, settled in Pannonia near the Sea of Azov and founded a city called "Sicambria". In just two generations (Priam and his son Marcomer) from the fall of Troy (by modern scholars dated in the late Bronze Age) they arrive in the late fourth century at the Rhine. An earlier variation of this story can be read in Fredegar. In Fredegar's version an early king named Francio serves as namegiver for the Franks, just as Romulus has lent his name to Rome.


The Sicambri (var. Sicambers, Sicambres, Sigambrer, Sugumbrer, or Sugambri) were a Germanic people living in what is now called the Netherlands at the turn of the first millennium. Originating in the Germanic-Celtic contact zone (c.f. Nordwestblock), they had become Frankish by the 4th century, associated with the Low Franconian Salians.

De origine gentis Francorum compendium: an abridged history of the ... - Google Books Result

by Johannes Trithemius, Martin Joseph Kuelbs ... - 1987 - Franks - 335 pages
As soon as the leaders of the Sicambers had learned this by means of spies, they divided their army into three parts...

As we go back into history prior to their settling in the Netherlands, we encounter the Franks in a city called Sicambria--on the location which is now Budapest, but before the area was settled by the Magyars (Hungarians). Here is an illumination of the building of Sicambria

Sicambria is also mentioned in Gesta Hungarorum: The Deeds of the Hungarians - Google Books Result

These proto-Franks were said to have stayed in Sicambria for some 500 years. Prior to that, they were said to have lived on the northern coast of the Black Sea, where they had come as refugees from Troy after its destruction by the Greeks.

Cf: Black Sea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -- especially the section on 8 History :

The Black Sea was a busy waterway on the crossroads of the ancient world: the Balkans to the West, the Eurasian steppes to the north, Caucasus and Central Asia to the East, Asia Minor and Mesopotamia to the south, and Greece to the south-west. The oldest processed gold in the world, arguably left by Old Europeans, was found in Varna, and the Black Sea was supposedly sailed by the Argonauts. The land at the eastern end of the Black Sea, Colchis, (now Georgia), marked for the Greeks an edge of the known world. The steppes to the north of the Black Sea have been suggested as the original homeland (Urheimat) of the speakers of the Proto-Indo-European language, (PIE) the progenitor of the Indo-European language family, by some scholars (see Kurgan; others move the heartland further east towards the Caspian Sea, yet others to Anatolia). Numerous ancient ports line Black Sea's coasts, some older than the pyramids[22].

Ancient trade routes in the region are currently being extensively studied by American, Bulgarian, and other scientists. It is widely believed that the Black Sea is packed with archaeology to be found. Perhaps the most promising areas in deepwater archaeology are the quest for submerged prehistoric settlements in the continental shelf and for ancient shipwrecks in the anoxic zone, which are expected to be exceptionally well preserved due to the absence of oxygen.

The Black Sea has witnessed the rivalries of Hittites, Carians, Thracians, Greeks, Persians, Scythians, Romans, Byzantines, Goths, Huns, Avars, Bulgars, Slavs, Varangians, Crusaders, Venetians, Genovese, Tatars, Ottomans, and Russians.


Location of Arcadia in the Greek Peloponese

Since the location of Arcadia and Lakonia, aka Lacedaemonia or Sparta, were right next to each other it is hardly surprising that: 

"It has been found in writing concerning the Spartans and the Jews that they are brethren and are of the family of Abraham."- Maccabees 1. Cf: Rosamond Arcadia and Tribe of Benjamin: msg#00001 

There are other legends claiming that the founders of Troy had actually come from Arcadia, a region in the Peloponese peninsula of Greece (see above maps), and that they were descendants from the tribe of Benjamin who had left the land of Palestine after a dispute with the other tribes concerning a war with the sons of Belial--the Phoenicians. Here is a link to that remarkable story:

The Lost Tribe of Benjamin

"Even before it became the capital of David and Solomon it [Jerusalem] was the allocated birthright of the Tribe of Benjamin."  [so...perhaps the Dutch should claim the place again?]
     - Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

"Zelah, Eleph and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, Gibeath and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families."
     - Joshua 18:28

"But it came to pass that most of the Benjamites left Palestine, and this was because of a civil war among the Israelites. The Tribe of Benjamin came into conflict with the other eleven Tribes because the Benjamites were apparently allied with the 'Sons of Belial' and would not attempt to impose Israelite laws and customs upon them. This war is covered in Judges 21 in the Bible. The result was that most of the Benjamites left Palestine, or were expelled by the victorious eleven Tribes. The 'Sons of Belial' with whom the Benjamites were allied, or against whom they refused to go to war...were none other than the Phoenicians of Tyre and Sidon..."
     - Michael Bradley, Holy Grail Across the Atlantic

"There is the legend of King Belus's son, one Danaus, who arrives in Greece, with his daughters, by ship. His daughters are said to have introduced the cult of the Mother Goddess, which became the established cult of the Arcadians. According to Robert Graves, the Danaus myth records the arrival in the Peloponnesus of 'colonists from Palestine'. Graves states that King Belus is in fact Baal, or Bel - or perhaps Belial [a form of the Mother Goddess often associated with images of a bull or calf] from the Old Testament. It is also worthy of note that one of the clans of the Tribe of Benjamin was the clan of Bela."
     - Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

"It has been found in writing concerning the Spartans and the Jews that they are brethren and are of the family of Abraham."
     - Maccabees 1

"...The Benjamites arrived in Greece, in a region called Arcadia. It was their refuge for some generations. Then, they joined the general westward migrations of people in Europe. They followed the major rivers westward, like the Danube, and finally ended up along the Rhine at the close of the Roman Empire." The Merovingians "were the Sicambrian Franks, a somewhat mixed Celtic\Teutonic tribe that during most of the Roman Empire had lived east of the Rhine in present-day Germany."

In addition to being 'Jewish', or partly so, the Merovingians claimed an ancient descent from God...."In Deuteronomy 33 Moses says of the Tribe of Benjamin: 'The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.' In token of this descent, the Merovingians were believed to bear some physical mark, through different writers disagree on what this was. But most believe it was some sort of red cross-like birthmark, either on the chest or on the back....A red cross 'partee' became the Templar insignia."
     - Michael Bradley, Holy Grail Across the Atlantic

Rosamond Arcadia and Tribe of Benjamin: msg#00001 states that:

On page 275 of 'Holy Blood Holy Grail we read about the Arcadian  mother goddess. Is she a Frisian Folk Mother? Is it possble the worship of the White Goddess has its roots in the Frisian worship of
the great earth goddess that was spread about the world by Jon the navigator, Minerva, and Rosamond? Rosamond's history seems incomplete. That she would reappear as the queen if the Cimri, the
wife of Pharamond, and grandmother of Merovee, suggests her influence was a powerful one. The link between the Arcadians and the tribe of Benjamin, may make Rosamond an ancestor of Mary Magdalene.
The name Sicambrian is derived of the untion of the Franks with the Cimri also called the Cambrians.

"In Arcadia the cult of the mother goddess not only prospered but survived longer then other parts of Greece. It became associated with the worshio of Demeter, then of Diana, or Artemis. Known  regionally as Arduina, Artemis became tutelary deity of the Ardennes; and it was from the Ardennes that the Sicambrian Franks first issued into what is now France. The totem of Artemis was the she-bear - Calisto, whose son was Arcas, the bear child and patron of Arcadia."

The Great Goddess, Inanna, plays another part in early Biblical times.  There is the story* of a Levite who was traveling through the territory of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, that of Benjamin.  In his travels, however, he was allegedly assaulted, and his concubine ravished, by worshipers of Belial -- a variant of the Sumerian mother goddess.  The Levite demanded vengeance for the atrocity, and at a council of the twelve tribes, the Benjamites were instructed to deliver the malefactors to justice.  < XML="true" PREFIX="O" NAMESPACE=""> 

The Benjamites refused to do so, and undertook, by force of arms, to protect the "sons of Belial".  One might suspect the alleged assault was a put-up job to chastise the goddess worshipers.  But in either event, it turned out badly, as the result was a bitter and bloody war between the Benjamites and the remaining eleven tribes.  In the course of hostilities, a curse was pronounced on any man who gave his daughter to a Benjamite.  When the war was over, however, and the Benjamites virtually exterminated, the victorious Israelites repented of their malediction -- which, however, could not be retracted.   

Notice the reference to the Frisian Folkmothers at the beginning of the above quote. If you never heard of these Friese Volkmoeders, check this link:

List of rulers of Frisia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • 1 List of rulers
  • 2 Fictional rulers
  • After coming under Frankish rule, Frisia was governed by Frankish counts and by potestates elected by the Frisians. In the early 16th century Pier Gerlofs Donia, a legendary Frisian rebel leader, declared himself King of the Frisians, but died without succesors.

    This is indeed a fascinating story, and it can't possibly be as far fetched as the notion that the Dutch are descendants of the tribe of Zebulon:


    Many readers will know which nation in Europe was "bought back from the sea" via its famous dikes. That nation is the Netherlands (Holland). Much of Holland's land is quite literally "sheltered from the sea" via its dike system, so the prophetic description of a "haven of the sea" is strikingly apt. The phrase "haven of ships" indicates that the land of Zebulon must also include a major harbor facility. Indeed, the Amplified Bible translates this phrase as "a landing place for ships." Does the Dutch nation satisfy this requirement? Yes!  The Bible clearly indicates the Dutch are the modern Zebulonites.< xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" prefix="o" namespace="">

    I am not sure what purpose this particular myth tries to serve--but it must do something for some folks or it wouldnt have been invented. In any event it tries very hard to connect us to Jewish family history:

    Holland Identified with the Tribe of Zebulon

    The Dying God: The Hidden History of Western Civilization - Google Books Result

    The Lost Tribe of Dan and End Times Deception

    The Merovingians, who plan to rule the world from their future throne at Jerusalem, claim to come from the tribe of Judah through Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.  However, the weight of evidence indicates that they descended from the tribe of Dan.  Although Scripture states that Samson was “of the family of the Danites” [Judges 13:2], Yair Davidy of Brit-Am Israel claims that his lineage includes the Messianic tribe of Judah: “Samson the superman hero came from the Tribe of Dan but his mother was from Judah. Samson, in some respects, was considered a forerunner of the Messiah who will come from Judah but his mother, according to the Midrash will be of the Tribe of Dan.” [Brit-Am Israel newsletter, 2/9/99]

    Oh well, one can overdose on good stories, bad stories, or mediocre stories.

    How do we chose between them? It is a matter of functionality of the drama.

    Does it work psychologically? Does it have dramatic pizazz? Does it bind folks together without discriminating fear or hatred? Is it unifying, healing?

    YouTube - Pizazz (Gonna Give It To Ya!)

     So far I have concentrated most on the Franks, with some lip service to the Frisians. I am not aware I personally have any Frisian blood--though it is likely I do after so many centuries of tribal strife, trade and fraternization as well as cohabitation and intermarriage in a tiny country like the Netherlands, but I know for sure some of my nieces and nephews are part Frisian. So let me add a version of the YouTube - frysk folksliet. as well as lyrics taken from Main page --followed by the complete list of Frisian rulers.

    Frysk folksliet

    Frysk bloed tsjoch op! wol nou ris brûze en siede,
    En bounzje troch ús ieren om!
    Flean op! Wy sjonge it
    bêste lân fandíerde,
    It Fryske lân fol eare en rom.
    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,
    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    Ompolske fan it hege sâlte wetter,
    Fortroppe op in terp of stins,
    Hien 'd'âlde Friezen yn de wrâld net,
    Har lân en frijdom wie har winsk,
    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,
    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    Fij fan it jok fan stege, frjemde hearen,
    Faek earm ek, mar dochs sterk en frij,
    Stie d'âlde Fries stânfêst by syn menearen,
    Hy wie in Fries, as Fries stoar hy,
    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,
    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    Troch waer en wyn, tsjin need en dea to striden,
    Mei 't gleone swurd yn dízren hân,
    Wie wille yn dy fromme, stoere tiden,
    Wie 't foar de frijdom fan har lân,
    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,
    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    Fan bûgjen frjemd en fij fan leave wurden,
    Wie rjucht en sljucht har hert en sin,
    Hja bean om neat, mar mei de bleate swurden,
    Stie 's'alle twang en oerlêst tsjin,
    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,
    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    Sa faek troch stoarm yn djippe sé bidutsen,
    Oerâlde leave Fryske groun,
    Waerd noait dy fêste taeije bân forbrutsen,
    Dy't Friezen oan har lân forboun,
    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,
    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    Trochloftich folk fan dizze âlde namme,
    Wêz jimmer op dy âlders great;
    Bliuw ivich fan dy grize hege stamme,
    In grien, in kreftich bloeiend leat,
    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,
    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    Vertaling van het Friese volkslied

    Fries bloed bruis op, gevoel uw heldenwaarde,
    Wees fier, dat gij een Fries u noemt;
    Spring op! Wij zingen 't schoonste land der aarde,
    Der Friezen land vanouds beroemd:
    Klink dan en davere ver in het rond,
    Uw oude ere, o Friese grond!

    Bestookt romdom door hoge watervloeden,
    En saamgeschoold op terp en wier,
    Wist toch de Fries zijn kostbaar erf te hoeden;
    Zijn land, zijn vrijhed bleef hem dier:
    Klink dan en davere ver in het rond,
    Uw oude ere, o Friese grond!

    Nooit door de voet eens dwingelands vertreden,
    Wel arm vaak, maar toch sterk en vrij,
    Hoield d'oude Fries zich strikt aan zijne zeden,
    Hij was een Fries, als Fries stierf hij:
    Klink dan en davere ver in het rond,
    Uw oude ere, o Friese grond!

    Met weer en wind, met nood en dood te strijden,
    Met vlammend zwaard in d'ijzeren hand,
    Schonk vroom genot in die aloude tijden,
    Als 't gold de vrijheid van hun land:
    Klink dan en davere ver in het rond,
    Uw oude ere, o Friese grond!

    Van buigen wars en zoete vleitaalsrede,
    Bleef steeds hun leuze "recht en slecht",
    Zij kropen nooit, maar 't zwaard vloog uit de schede,
    Werd aangerand hun erf en recht:
    Klink dan en davere ver in het rond,
    Uw oude ere, o Friese grond!

    Door stormweer vaak in zee diep weggedoken,
    Aloude lieve Friese grond,
    Werd nochtans nooit de taaie band verbroken,
    Die aan zijn erf de Fries verbond:
    Klink dan en davere ver in het rond,
    Uw oude ere, o Friese grond!

    Doorluchtig volk! Wees fier de naam te dragen,
    Van 't voorgeslacht, zo koen, zo groot,
    Blijf van die stam, in eeuwigheid van dagen,
    Een duurzaam, krachtig bloeind loot:
    Klink dan en davere ver in het rond,
    Uw oude ere, o Friese grond!

    English translation

    English translation

    Frisian blood, rise up! Foam, boil,
    and thud through our veins!
    Come! Let us sing of the best land in the world,
    the Frisian land full of honour and of pride.
    Chorus (2x)
    Sound then and thunder it far all around,
    Thine ancient honour, oh Frisian ground!
    However threatened by superior might, distress, or by the sea,
    age-old, beloved Frisian ground,
    Never were those strong bonds broken,
    that tied Frisians to their land.
    Chorus (2x)
    Unused to bowing, the Frisian people stood by their honour,
    their name and their tongue, their sense of freedom.
    Their word was as law, their teaching modest and true,
    and opposed to coercion from wherever it might come.
    Chorus (2x)
    Honourable people of this ancient name,
    be always proud of your ancestors!
    Remain forever on that high grey stem
    a green and strongly flourishing shoot!
    Chorus (2x)
    OK, Here come the Frisian rulers--I will get to the Saxons later.
  • [edit] List of rulers

    [edit] Kings

    [edit] Counts

    In 775 the Franks under Charlemagne took control of what remained of Frisian territory and incorporated it into their kingdom. Counts appointed by the Frankish rulers were:

    [edit] Potestates

    The potestate was a magistrate elected by the Frisians under the authority of the royally appointed counts:

    With the victory of the Schieringers against the Vetkopers, the office passed to the dukes of Saxony:

    [edit] Stadtholders

    In 1515, George of Saxony sold Friesland to Charles of Habsburg, the future Emperor. The Habsburgs appointed the following governors:

    In 1581, Friesland and six other provinces revolted and formed the Dutch Republic. The office of stadholder became hereditary in the House of Oranje:

    After William V of Orange The Netherlands became a monarchy under the House of Orange, which has had a very long interaction with the country as shown in the following link: The House of Orange. check also the English link on the Royal House: