Bread and Cheese War

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Bread and Cheese War

 

a rebellion of peasants and members of the lowest urban classes in 1491 and 1492 in the region of Kennemerland in northern Holland. It acquired its name from the emblems on the rebels’ banners. The uprising was occasioned by high prices, famine, and oppressive taxation. The peasants seized Hoorn, Alkmaar, and Haarlem with the support of the urban lower classes of those cities, and the especially hated tax collectors were killed. The rebels also stormed and destroyed two castles. The uprising was suppressed by troops of the stadtholder Albert III, duke of Saxony.

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