chapter  5
The towns and the revolt
WithGuido Marnef
Pages 23

The towns and the revolt 89 Ghent were, however, suppressed by Philip II the Good. In the 1560s the Florentine Lodovico Guicciardini wrote that the Low Countries counted no less than 208 enclosed or walled towns. In addition, there existed about 150 open places that could be considered as towns. Around 1500, the percentage of people living in towns in Flanders, Brabant and Holland was 33, 29, and 44 per cent respectively. The urban population in Holland was divided much more equally, with five towns counting over 10,000 inhabitants in 1500 and seventeen with more than 2500. The towns and the revolt 93 towns are including places for preaching and worship. The towns and the revolt 95 Then Antwerp’s Calvinist deputies set up a network for the collection of money in the Netherlands. In most cases the regents in power refused to choose the side of the revolt and it was rather internal pressure that led to a change.