A precise outline of the Eighty Years' War and formation of the modern Netherlands after the foreign political conspiracy. History of the United Netherlands, 1590-92 is a well-researched work by American author, diplomat, and well-known historian, John Lothrop Motley. He thought it was necessary to unfold, as minutely as possible, the secret details of conspiracy of king and priest against the public, and to show how it was perplexed at last by the strong self-helping forces of two free nations combined. Mortley is best known for his works on the Netherlands like the three-volume work The Rise of the Dutch Republic, and the four-volume History of the United Netherlands. It was mainly the period of the United Provinces in 1846 when Motley had begun to plan a history of the Netherlands. This work was prepared on a huge scale and embodied the results of a more considerable amount of original research. Motley planned to carry his history down to 1648, but unfortunately, he died before finishing this work. By then, he had published, in four volumes, The History of the United Netherlands, 1584?1609 (1860?67).