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Early modern war narratives and the Revolt in the Low Countries

Raymond Fagel, Leonor Álvarez Francés, and Beatriz Santiago Belmonte


In the sixteenth century, many different stories on the Revolt in the Low Countries spread throughout Europe, written by very different authors with very different intentions. Over time this plethora of sources and interpretations faded away, leaving us with only a couple of canonical narratives, extremely opposed in essence. In this way, the Dutch and Spanish national myths were forged on the basis of two different visions of the conflict: as a liberation war and act of rebellion against cruel Spanish oppressors or as a glorious part of the history of the Spanish Empire. This book revolves ar ... More

Keywords: Dutch Revolt, early modern warfare, episodic narratives, Habsburg Low Countries, Spanish tercios, Philip II, Eighty Years’ War, military history, war narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526140869
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526140876


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond Fagel, editor
Leiden University

Leonor Álvarez Francés, editor
Leiden University

Beatriz Santiago Belmonte, editor
Leiden University

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