Handelingen van de Koninklijke Commissie voor Geschiedenis / Bulletin de la Commission Royale d'Histoire vol:181 pages:209-267
This contribution aims to shed new light on the Brabantine revolt of 1488-1489 against Maximilian of Austria, regent of the Burgundian Netherlands. Whereas former studies have primarily focused on the war-efforts and the military course of the conflict, this article addresses the dialogue that was ensued between the involved parties in these turbulent years. The four edited documents in attachment illustrate how Maximilian, his entourage, the deputies of the Estates General and the insurgents diverted, influenced and sometimes intentionally suppressed deliberations to increase their impact on the conflict. A thorough analysis of these texts offers explanations for the failure of the peace negotiations with the insurgents and makes it possible to study the mediating role of the deputies of the Estates General during the conflict. In addition, the article discusses the arguments that were employed to influence the acts of other parties, next to illustrating that both Maximilian’s entourage and the insurgents sometimes avoided and restrained dialogue in order to secure their own policy.