In March and April 1477, the guilds of Ypres were in open revolt. They took advantage of the defeat and death at Nancy of Charles the Bold, count of Flanders and duke of Burgundy, to start a rebellion against the ruling patrician class and demand the restitution of privileges that had been abolished in earlier decades. Burgundian power was weak as the French king attacked its territory, and the new countess of Flanders, Charles's daughter Mary of Burgundy, did not have the means to suppress revolts in Ghent, Bruges, Ypres and other cities and towns in the Low Countries. In Ypres, guild leaders took control of the urban government and several of the privileges favourable to the craft guilds were restored. Once the Burgundian court had recovered and Mary of Burgundy had married Maximilian, the Habsburg archduke of Austria, the central power...

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