Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal-, Letterkunde en Geschiedenis
Handelingen der Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis vol:66 pages:47-62
This article studies how subversive writing was used to mobilize rebels in late medieval cities. A case-study of a pamphlet, spread during the Brussels revolt against Maximilian of Austria (1488-1489), provides our point of departure for exploring the strategies which pamphleteers had at their disposal to mobilize bystanders. The article illustrates how pamphlets were not written on the spur of the moment, and instead contained a sophisticated and well-considered discourse. It therefore challenges the traditional view of premodern revolts, which tends to emphasize the spontaneity and impulsiveness of late medieval revolts.