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Medieval History, Leuven

Research Group

Lifecycle:1 Jul 1977  →  Today
Organisation profile:

The research group for the History of the Middle Ages explores the western Middle Ages from a viewpoint of continuity between the Middle Ages and Late Antiquity, on the one hand, and the Early Modern period, on the other. Our research focuses on church, city and society and on their interaction. The geographical scope of the research unit covers the Southern Low Countries in a comparative European context. We attach great importance to auxiliary sciences, historical methodology and social theory.

Our members investigate the development of episcopal authority within the church province of Rheims, the impact of reform on religious institutions and on their relations with ecclesiastical and secular rulers, religious practices in parochial and monastic urban environments, the history of political conflicts and urban revolts, gender history, political memory culture and the social identity of urban factions in medieval Flanders and Brabant.

HISTORY OF SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS: Feudalism: manors and fiefs in Flanders, Brabant and Loon. The feudal organization in the mediaeval Flanders. Confraternities in Flanders in the late Middle Ages. Foundation of mediaeval parishes. History of regular and secular chapters in the middle ages. CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY: Mediaeval heresy and religious dissent. Historiography in mediaeval Flanders and Brabant: a catalogue and study of the narrative sources. Culture, religion and society in the high Middle Ages. Mediaeval eschatology. The Franciscan Order and the Poor Clares. Late mediaeval popular religion in iconographical sources. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC HISTORY: socio-economic studies of the Low Countries during the Middle Ages. TEXT EDITIONS, HISTORICAL, METHODOLOGY and AUXILIARY DISCIPLINES: Study and edition of the Charters of the Bishops of Cambrai (until 1130). Critical edition of the 'Antigraphum Petri' and documents concerning Lambertus' 'li beges (12thC.). Old maps as historical sources. An inventory of old globes in Belgium. Cartulary of the ancient University of Leuven (1425-1797). HISTORICAL DIDACTICS: Multicultural education in Belgium, esp. historical education. Theoretical research for the development of multimedial units on the teaching of history.

Keywords:Medieval History, Historical cartography, Text editions, Social history, Historical Didactics, Religious History, Cultural History, economic history