Carinthian Peasant Rebellion, 1478

In reaction to excessive taxation, the decline in the quality of coinage and facing the Ottoman threat, against which the Habsburg Dynasty provided insufficient protection (Ottoman raids into Carinthia 1473, 1476), in the second half of 1478 the peasants of Carinthia revolted, lead by Peter Wunderlich, attempting to establish a peasant republic. The rebellion spread into neighbouring Styria, where part of the lower nobility joined in.
An Ottoman raid that year caused the rebellion to falter. Spittal an der Drau was destroyed.

Chronik der wichtigsten Ereignisse in der Geschichte von Spittal, from Spittal an der Drau Bürgerservice, in German
REFERENCE Walter Kleindel, Österreich, Daten zur Geschichte und Kultur, Wien : Ueberreuter 1978

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First posted on February 25th 2004, last revised on November 16th 2004

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