A Plague of Insurrection: Popular Politics and Peasant by William H. TeBrake

By William H. TeBrake

Starting as a chain of scattered rural riots in past due 1323, peasant riot escalated right into a full-scale uprising that ruled public affairs in Flanders for almost 5 years. Following their very own leaders, peasants defied the authority of the count number of Flanders by means of using his officers and their aristocratic allies from the geographical region. In a scourge of rebellion, William H. TeBrake has written the 1st full-length account of the uprising.

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Peasantry FlandersHistory.  Series. 3'1dc20 93-8222 CIP Second paperback printing 1994 Page v Contents List of Maps vii Preface ix Introduction: Peasant Unrest in Flanders and Europe 1 1. Flanders and Its People on the Eve of Revolt 15 2. For a World Without Corruption 45 3. For a World Without Privilege 67 4. Stalemate, Invasion, and Victors' Vengeance 108 5. Ordinary People in a Changing World 132 Appendix A: Economic and Social Conditions of the Rebels 139 Appendix B: Peasant Captains, 13231328 145 Bibliography 157 Index 165 Page vii List of Maps Figure 1: Location of Flanders 18 Figure 2: Rural Districts of Flanders 24 Figure 3: Cities and Towns of Flanders 27 Figure 4: Campaign in the Southwest 79 Figure 5: Greatest Extent of Peasant Revolt 87 Figure 6: Campaign in the Northeast 92 Figure 7: Battle of Cassel 122 Page ix Preface This work is the result of nearly two decades of frequently interrupted effort.

Page x Though most of my research and writing over the past two decades has focused on the northern Low Countries, especially medieval Holland, shifting my attention to medieval Flanders was not as big a change as it might appear to be at first glance. In fact, it is virtually impossible to study medieval Holland without learning a great deal about Flanders in the process. First of all, because of its early economic development and urbanization, Flanders often serves as the standard against which historians measure other parts of the Low Countries.

306 (italics mine). I single out this particular textbook not because it is worse than the others but because it is fairly typical in its treatment of peasant revolts. Indeed, in most respects, I consider it to be one of the best currently available and assign it in my own European Civilization course. 22. Mullett, Popular Culture and Popular Protest, p. " Barabara A. Hanawalt, Crime and Conflict in English Communities, 1300-1348 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1979), pp. " There is little reason to believe that their equivalents in the remainder of Europe were much different.

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