Papieren munitie Een pamflet over verraad tijdens de Brusselse opstand tegen Maximiliaan van Oostenrijk (1488-1489)



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 pre-modern
revolts, which tends to emphasize the spontaneity and impulsiveness of late
medieval revolts.