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Early modern war narratives and the Revolt in the Low Countries$
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Raymond Fagel, Leonor Álvarez Francés, and Beatriz Santiago Belmonte

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526140869

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526140876

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How a defeat became a victory: the siege of Ostend in contemporary Dutch war coverage and post-war chronicles (1601–15)

How a defeat became a victory: the siege of Ostend in contemporary Dutch war coverage and post-war chronicles (1601–15)

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Early modern war narratives and the Revolt in the Low Countries
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Werner Thomas

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526140876.00014

The siege of Ostend was undoubtedly one of the most stirring episodes of the Revolt in the Low Countries. From July 1601 to September 1604, an army of about 20,000 royal troops continuously confronted a garrison of about 5,700 defenders. This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the siege of Ostend in successive published sources. It demonstrates how the facts of the siege could be manipulated in printed media in order to change the outcome of the events. Texts were able to convert a defeat into a victory, and in this case it was the translation of a text that changed the meaning of the original narrative. Translations are often taken for granted by historians, but it is worth analysing how the meaning of texts could be changed in the process, and how the translation was presented to the new public.

Keywords:   translation history, siege of Ostend, war narratives, Habsburg Low Countries, Henrick van Haestenshistorical canon, war narratives, Habsburg Low Countries, Dutch Revolt, Memory

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