IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 103: Mechanisms of Power: The Formation of the County of Flanders (9th-12th Centuries), I

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of History, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven / Department of Archaeology & Art History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Organisers:Brigitte Meijns, Department of History, KU Leuven
Dries Tys, Vakgroep Kunstwetenschappen & Archeologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Moderator/Chair:Arnoud-Jan A. Bijsterveld, Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Universiteit van Tilburg
Paper 103-aWas There a Feudal Revolution in Flanders?
(Language: English)
Dirk Heirbaut, Department of Legal Theory & Legal History, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 103-bThe Count, the Coast, and the Landscape: Comital Domains in the Salt Marshes and the Development of Comital Power in Coastal Flanders (End 9th - End 12th Century)
(Language: English)
Dries Tys, Vakgroep Kunstwetenschappen & Archeologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Geography and Settlement Studies, Political Thought
Paper 103-cPlaces of Power and Religion: The Counts of Flanders and their Collegiate Churches
(Language: English)
Brigitte Meijns, Department of History, KU Leuven
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy

During the 1940s and 1950s, the formation of the County of Flanders was a major subject of scholarly inquiry by J. Dhont, F.-L. Ganshof and J.-F. Lemarignier. Their ideas about the construction of a territorial principality as a result of the fragmentation of the Carolingian political power and foreign attacks have generated numerous studies on the nature of comital power, which either follow or challenge their model. These sessions want to return to the basis for this model – the Flemish principality itself – by exploring and reassessing the different strategies of power which were at play. This first session discusses the presence of a ‘fuedal revolution’ in Flanders and focuses on the domains and the collegiate churches of the Flemish Counts as a means of shaping their power according to a Carolingian concept.