By William H. TeBrake
Starting as a sequence of scattered rural riots in past due 1323, peasant insurrection 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 through using his officers and their aristocratic allies from the geographical region. In a virulent disease of insurrection, William H. TeBrake has written the 1st full-length account of the uprising.
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General histories of the late Middle Ages simply never mention it, 5 and the specialized historical literature is not much better. 6 Even within the Dutch-speaking world the Flemish revolt has never attracted the kind of attention it deserves. 7 An examination of some of the reasons for such neglect will help to define the present study. The Flemish peasant revolt remains largely unknown today partly because ordinary people simply have never figured very prominently in the historical literature of the late Middle Ages.
Hanawalt, The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. 5-6. 9. See Susan Reynolds, Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe, 900- Page 12 1300 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984), p. 2; Gérard Sivéry, Terroirs et communautés rurales dans l'Europe occidentale au moyen âge, Économies et Sociétés (Villeneuve-d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires de Lille, 1990), pp. 71-78; and Léopold Genicot, Rural Communities in the Medieval West, Johns Hopkins Symposia in Comparative History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990).
184-209. 2. The continuation of this chronicle, from 1214 to 1328, is ascribed to Bernard of Y pres; see, for example, the literature referred to by Pierre Alexandre, Le climat en Europe au moyen âge: contribution à l'histoire des variations climatiques de 1000 à 1425, d'après les sources narratives de l'Europe occidentale, Recherches d'Histoire et de Sciences Sociales, no. 24 (Paris: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 1987), p. 106, item 110. 3. Chronicon, p. " 4. This initial brief description is based on the detailed reconstruction of events found in Chapters 2 through 4 below.
A Plague of Insurrection: Popular Politics and Peasant Revolt in Flanders, 1323-1328 (The Middle Ages Series) by William H. TeBrake