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289; Archives Municipales de Douai, FF 88, fols 53–4. The years 1279–80 ushered in a wave of rebellion across much of Flanders, in Tournai, Damme, St. Omer, Douai, Ypres, Poperinge, Ghent, and Bruges. For the most part, artisans and workers in the cloth industry led these revolts. In 1280, on the Wednesday [4 December] before the feast of Saint 9 On the takehan and industrial unrest in Douai, see Pirenne, Histoire de Belgique, I, p. 229; and idem, Les Anciennes démocraties, p. 164. BEFORE THE BLACK DEATH 21 Nicholas, justice was carried out in this town with the decapitation of Haneton Lauwier, Jehan Boucery, and Collart Caullet, weavers, because of the injuries they inflicted on the aldermen [eschevins] and the city council of this city, against the laws of this city, which have been recently passed.

On the other hand, food riots are rare in the later Middle Ages, despite periodic shortages and famines before and after the Black Death, comprising the most widespread famines in European history – 1314–18 for the north of Europe and thirteen years later for the Mediterranean. Further, chronicles, letters of remission, and judicial lists of insurgents reveal little trace of women’s involvement in popular protest, either as leaders or within the rank and file. While the heroic or incidental actions of women might have set off riots, women were not the backbone of these riots as perhaps they became in the earlymodern or modern periods.

12 POPULAR PROTEST IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE taxmen seized upon to levy the new subsidies on 1 March 1382 [136]. Similarly, a servant woman’s scream was the cause of a blood bath of foreign ecclesiastic dignitaries and their servants in Viterbo on 5 September 1367. Outraged at the sight of the cardinal of Carcassonne’s retainer washing the cardinal’s ‘pretty little dog’ in the neighbourhood drinking fountain, she screamed and was immediately done in by the retainer’s sword. This action then brought the artisan neighbourhood of Scarlano into the streets [77].

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