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Just Published: Mario Damen's Article on Knighthood in Brussels

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Historian and former fellow Mario Damen (Fellow 2009/2010) has recently published an article in the Journal of Medieval History he started at NIAS. In "The knighthood in and around late medieval Brussels", he corrects the image of the late medieval nobility as a social group in decay.  

About the Article: Abstract

The article focuses on the social and political features of the knighthood in one of the most densely populated areas of the Low Countries, the administrative district of Brussels, known as the ammanie, in the fifteenth century. A systematic identification of all knights (rather than a selection) enables us to correct Huizinga’s picture and that of other, more recent, historians of the late medieval nobility as a social group in decay. Moreover, this case study contributes to ongoing debates on the position and status of late medieval knighthood. First, the data make it possible to assess the impact of Burgundian policies on the social, political and military relevance of the knighthood of Brabant. Second, special attention is given to their feudal possessions, in particular lordships and fortified residences, in order to establish stratification within the knighthood. Finally, the status and position of bannerets within the Brabantine knighthood is highlighted since they played a crucial role as intermediaries between the duke of Brabant and the urban elites of Brussels.

Read the full article here (open access)

About Mario Damen

Mario Damen is Assistent Professor of Medieval History at the history department of the University of Amsterdam. He tweets @Manenpaard8