Painting/Mapping the Medieval Landscape. A Landscape-archaeological analysis of the medieval landscape around Bruges as depicted by Pieter Pourbus Ghent University
During the Middle Ages, the metropolis of Bruges thrived through its oversea trade. A large tidal inlet U+2013 called Zwin U+2013 provided a navigable passage from the North Sea, through the wetlands, to heart of the city. In the middle of the 16th century, the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) transformed the Zwin area from an axis of trade into a frontline of war. Of course, this had a profound impact on the environment. At the start of this ...
The social renewal and aristocratization of urban elites in late medieval Flanders. Ghent University
This project adresses the composition of urban elites of late medieval society and the changes which took place in this period in the definition and social renewal of those elites. By means of a research project which focuses on elite formation on large and medium-sized cities of the country of Flanders, new insights can be obtained for an important aspect of the social and political history of the premodern Low Countries.
This research focuses on medieval town development within the former duchty of Brabant. Surprisingly often, identical toponyms appeared in medieval towns. It is my ambition to explain this intriguing phenomenon and to gain new insight in medieval town development and the multiple uses of public space.
Who is who in late medieval Brussels? KU Leuven
Food from Somewhere? Urban Households, Access to Land and Alternative Food Entitlements in the Late Medieval City. University of Antwerp
Lords, land, and labour. The influence of seigneuries on economic development in the late medieval Low Countries (c. 1350 U+2013 c. 1550) Ghent University
This project probes the impact of political elites on pre-modern economies. The central concept is the seigneurie, the institution that cemented the rural eliteU+2019s power over populations in the countryside. Seigneuries impacted upon the rural economy through their powers of surplus extraction that proceeded from coercion rather than market exchange. Yet, while elite rent-seeking infringed on the income of the peasantry, the macro-economic ...