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War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559$
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Steven Gunn, David Grummitt, and Hans Cools

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207503.001.0001

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Information and Response

Information and Response

(p.257) 18 Information and Response
War, State, and Society in England and the Netherlands 1477-1559

Steven Gunn (Contributor Webpage)

David Grummitt (Contributor Webpage)

Hans Cools (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the dissemination and reception of news about war. Tudors and Habsburgs alike sent out news of their campaigns by letter, but the market for pamphlets and printed news developed much faster in the Netherlands with its extensive printing industry. Such material interacted with civic entries, proclamations, and rumours to shape popular views of war. When these criticized rulers, their disseminators might be punished for sedition, but in the cosmopolitan Netherlands it was harder than in England to exclude hostile material from public discussion. Christian humanist pacifism was outweighed by the church's role in coordinating support for war and a nascent English Protestant nationalism. Englishmen and Netherlanders alike were ordered to celebrate their rulers' successes, but the English response concentrated on military victories and dynastic events, while Netherlanders put their efforts into celebrating peace.

Keywords:   civic entries, news, pacifism, pamphlets, printing, proclamations, Protestant, sedition

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