IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 214: Elites and Nobility between Town and Countryside, II

Monday 9 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:'Burgundian Nobility, Noble Families, and Princely Politics, c. 1430-c. 1530', Universiteit Leiden / 'Town and Countryside: The Dynamic Symbiosis - The Northern Duchy of Brabant', Tilburg University, University of Amsterdam & University of Antwerp
Organiser:Mario Damen, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Peter Stabel, Centrum voor Stadsgeschiedenis, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 214-aEnnoblement of the Urban Elites in Hainault, 1350-1550
(Language: English)
Véronique Flammang, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Genealogy and Prosopography, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 214-bThe Urban Nobility in the Low Countries: A Two-Headed Hydra?
(Language: English)
Antheun Janse, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Heraldry, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 214-cGroup Cultures and their Materialities in the Late Medieval Town: The Case of ’S-Hertogenbosch
(Language: English)
Antoinette Huijbers, Instituut voor Pre- en Protohistorische Archeologie, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Social History

In the late medieval Low Countries, as elsewhere in Western Europe, two coinciding tendencies resulted in the interpenetration of town and country elites. On the one hand, urban elites invested their money in the purchase of land and seigneurial rights, and adopted a knightly life-style, sometimes even taking up residence on their country estates. At the other hand, several noble or ministerial families abandoned their country houses and took refuge in town, where they more than once started a new career in urban politics. In this session we will explore these developments from three angles: the process of ennoblement, group cultures, and political activities.