Senior lecturer in medieval history
I teach medieval history at the history department of the University of Amsterdam, since 2015 as a senior lecturer. I studied History at the University of Leiden and in Santiago de Compostela and subsequently gained my PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with the award of distinction of cum laude.
I am especially interested in the field of social, political and cultural history of the late medieval Low Countries and the princes, nobles and administrative elites of the Burgundian and Habsburg composite state, as well as gift exchange, stained-glass windows, and tournaments.
From 2016 to 2020 I will direct a research project funded by NWO Humanities entitled Imagining a territory. Constructions and representations of late medieval Brabant. This project analyses how the interaction between prince, nobles and urban elites influenced the construction, perception, and representation of a territory. The test case will be the late medieval Duchy of Brabant, which still has historical and territorial significance for many people in present-day Belgium and the Netherlands.
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'Feudal Obligation or Paid Service? The Recruitment of Princely Armies in the Late Medieval Low Countries' (with Jan Burgers), The English Historical Review (2018)
'The town as a stage? Urban space and tournaments in late medieval Brussels’, Urban History 43 (2016) 1-25
‘Tournament Culture in the Low Countries and England’, in: Hannah Skoda, Patrick Lantschner and R.L.J. Shaw eds., Contact and Exchange in Later Medieval Europe. Essays in Honour of Malcolm Vale (Woodbridge 2012) 247-266.
‘Princely entries and gift-exchange in the Low Countries, 14th-16th centuries’, Journal of medieval history 33 (2007) 233-249.
‘Vorstelijke vensters. Glasraamschenkingen als instrument van devotie, memorie en representatie (1419-1519)’, Jaarboek voor middeleeuwse geschiedenis 8 (2005) 140-200.
De staat van dienst. De gewestelijke ambtenaren van Holland en Zeeland in de Bourgondische periode (1425-1482). Hollandse studiën 36 (Hilversum 2000).
Medieval History. Territory. Nobility. Tournaments. Political representation. State formation. History of the Low Countries and Spain. Brabant. Gift-giving. Corruption. Stained glass windows. Paleography.
Imagining a territory. Constructions and representations of late medieval Brabant
This NWO funded project (2016-2020) analyses how the interaction between prince, nobles and urban elites influenced the construction, perception, and representation of a territory. The test case will be the late medieval Duchy of Brabant, which still has historical and territorial significance for many people in present-day Belgium and the Netherlands. To underscore the fluidity and multiplicity of the concept of territory, this project sets out to disentangle the divergent, though sometimes overlapping, conceptions of what exactly Brabant was (or should be) in the eyes of different political actors, in this time before the availability of reliable scale maps. To answer the main research question the project takes a twofold approach. On the one hand, we will define ducal, noble, and urban conceptions of Brabant mainly through administrative sources, particularly those of the fourteenth century that reflect a turning point in the capturing of territory. On the other hand, we will explicate how differently political actors envisaged and visualized territory in a wide range of relevant sources: architectural, heraldic, cartographic, narrative, and administrative. In this way, the project provides a completely new perspective on the concept of territory before cartography and state formation turned boundaries and territories into more fixed (but still changeable) geographical entities.