Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Discipline and justice in an age of Mutinies

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The Spanish army that Alba led to the Netherlands was probably the most disciplined fighting force of its day. Albas emphasis on discipline made a very effective way of maintaining order in the Army of Flanders, both among the soldiers and the corps. However, neither Requesens nor Parma enjoyed Albas unchallenged loyalty in the army, and neither was able to enforce discipline as effectively as their predecessor. Under the Alba system of discipline officers in fact policed themselves, thus the system could not operate when large sector of the corps refused to enforce the rules. The evidence of officer participation in mutinies accumulated more rapidly after 1580. In 1576, the participation of officers in abuses of authority, pillage and mutiny made it impossible to maintain the old system of justice under which the corps policed itself. The Army of Flanders had ceased to be a reliable instrument.

Keywords: Army of Flanders; discipline; Duke of Alba; justice; mutinies; Spanish army; Spanish Netherlands



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Road to Rocroi — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation