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De sacra militia contra iconomachos: civic strategies to counter iconoclasm in the Low Countries (1566)

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Although the iconoclastic scare must have been enormous and the actual impact of the attacks of summer and autumn 1566 can hardly be exaggerated, the Beeldenstorm was not as comprehensive as it seemed to contemporaries and subsequent historians. Indeed, a considerable number of important cities in the Habsburg Netherlands actually managed to ward off destruction, but until now their role has hardly been studied. The aim of this article is twofold: first, it seeks to chart the cities in question. Second, it analyses the preventive measures that they took against the violence. In so doing, it nuances the idea of the Beeldenstorm as an all-destructive wave, and provides insights into the dynamics of the Iconoclastic Fury. More specifically, the cliché that the passivity of magistrates was the main reason for all losses seems in need of considerable revision.

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Suykerbuyk, Ruben. 2016. “De Sacra Militia Contra Iconomachos: Civic Strategies to Counter Iconoclasm in the Low Countries (1566).” Bmgn-the Low Countries Historical Review 131 (1): 15–35.
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Suykerbuyk, R. (2016). De sacra militia contra iconomachos: civic strategies to counter iconoclasm in the Low Countries (1566). BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW, 131(1), 15–35.
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Suykerbuyk R. De sacra militia contra iconomachos: civic strategies to counter iconoclasm in the Low Countries (1566). BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW. 2016;131(1):15–35.
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Suykerbuyk, Ruben. “De Sacra Militia Contra Iconomachos: Civic Strategies to Counter Iconoclasm in the Low Countries (1566).” BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW 131.1 (2016): 15–35. Print.
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  abstract     = {Although the iconoclastic scare must have been enormous and the actual impact of the attacks of summer and autumn 1566 can hardly be exaggerated, the Beeldenstorm was not as comprehensive as it seemed to contemporaries and subsequent historians. Indeed, a considerable number of important cities in the Habsburg Netherlands actually managed to ward off destruction, but until now their role has hardly been studied. The aim of this article is twofold: first, it seeks to chart the cities in question. Second, it analyses the preventive measures that they took against the violence. In so doing, it nuances the idea of the Beeldenstorm as an all-destructive wave, and provides insights into the dynamics of the Iconoclastic Fury. More specifically, the clich{\'e} that the passivity of magistrates was the main reason for all losses seems in need of considerable revision.},
  author       = {Suykerbuyk, Ruben},
  issn         = {0165-0505},
  journal      = {BMGN-THE LOW COUNTRIES HISTORICAL REVIEW},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {15--35},
  title        = {De sacra militia contra iconomachos: civic strategies to counter iconoclasm in the Low Countries (1566)},
  volume       = {131},
  year         = {2016},
}

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