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Lordship and the Rise of States in Western Europe, 1300-1600

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city: GENT
postcode: 9000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙496˙875 €
 EC max contribution 1˙496˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) coordinator 1˙496˙875.00


 Project objective

This project pursues a new interpretation of state formation in Western Europe between 1300 and 1600. This period is considered as the key phase in the genesis of the modern state, as various polities now centralized fiscal and military resources under their command. While there is debate whether this was primarily a top-down process carried by princes, or a bottom-up process carried by popular representation, scholars agree that state building was exclusively a process of centralization. This assumption must be questioned, as recent studies have raised awkward questions that cannot be answered by the current paradigm. The research hypothesis is that the emerging states of Western Europe could only acquire sufficient support among established elites if they also decentralized much of their legal authority through a process in which princes created a growing number of privately owned seigneuries as “states-within-states” for the benefit of elites who in return contributed to state building. This project will study the interplay between states and seigneurial elites in five regions – Flanders, Guelders, Normandy, Languedoc and Warwickshire – to test whether fiscal and military centralization was facilitated by a progressively confederal organization of government. Together, the case studies cover four key variables that shaped the relations between princes and power elites in different combinations all over Europe. It concerns different trajectories in 1) state formation, 2) urbanization, 3) the socio-economic organization of rural society and 4) ideological dissent. As a result, the comparisons between the case studies will yield an analytical framework to chart and to explain path-dependency. The project will put the social history of power in Western Europe on a new, improved footing and provide the methodological innovation that is necessary to integrate the political history of Western Europe between1300-1600 with that of Central- and Eastern Europe.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Graham-Goering, Erika, Michael Jones, and Bertrand Yeurc’h
1341: Documents concernants le débat sur la succession ducale et le début de la guerre civile dans le duché de Bretagne
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Buylaert, Frederik
‘El discurso del señorío nobiliario entre las ciudades y el Estado en el Flandes del siglo XV’
published pages: 613-42, ISSN: , DOI:
J.-A. Jara Fuente (ed.), Discurso politico y relaciones de poder: Ciudad, nobleza y monarquía en la Baja Edad Media 2019-07-08
2018 Buylaert, Frederik, Dumolyn, Jan, Dupont, Guy, Haemers, Jelle, and Ramandt, Andy
‘Political Power and Social Groups, c. 1300 – c. 1500’
published pages: 268-328, ISSN: , DOI:
A. Brown & J. Dumolyn (eds.), Medieval Bruges, c. 850-1550 2019-07-08
2018 Van der Meulen, Jim
\'Corporate collective action and the market cycle of the cloth industry in Nieuwkerke, Flanders, 1300-1600\'
published pages: in press, ISSN: 0307-1022, DOI:
Social History 43 2019-07-08
2016 Buylaert, Frederik and Haemers, Jelle
‘Record Keeping and Status Performance in the Early Modern Low Countries’
published pages: 131-50, ISSN: 1477-464X, DOI:
Past & Present (Supplement 11: L. Corens, K. Peters & A. Walsham (eds.) The Social History of the Archive : Record-Keeping in Early Modern Europe) 230 2019-07-08
2017 Buylaert, Frederik and Verbergt, Marie-Gabriëlle
‘Constructing and Deconstructing the “State”: the Case of the Low Countries’
published pages: 75-9, ISSN: 2211-2898, DOI:
Low Countries Historical Review 132 2019-07-08
2018 Graham-Goering, Erika, and Michael Jones
Charles de Blois et Jeanne de Penthièvre, duc et duchesse de Bretagne et leur vicomté de Limoges: L’évidence des comptes
published pages: , ISSN: 0399-0826, DOI:
Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l’Ouest 2019-07-08
2018 Buylaert, Frederik
‘Blue Blood in the Red? Nobles on the Antwerp Annuity Market (1490-1493)’
published pages: in press, ISSN: 1138-9621, DOI:
Edad Media. Revista de Historia 19 2019-07-08
2017 Buylaert, Frederik & Geens, Sam
‘Social Mobility in the Medieval Low Countries, 1100-1600’
published pages: 77-99, ISSN: , DOI:
S. Carocci & I. Lazzarini (eds.), Social Mobility in medieval Italy (1100-1500) 2019-07-08
2020 Erika Graham-Goering
Princely Power in Late Medieval France: Jeanne de Penthièvre and the war for Britanny
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2020 Frederik Buylaert
From Periphery to Centre and Back Again: Elite Transformations in Mechelen (14th-16th centuries)
published pages: , ISSN: 0963-9268, DOI:
Urban History 2019-05-27
2020 Frederik Buylaert, Jelten Baguet & Janna Everaert
Returning Urban Political Elites to the Research Agenda: The Case of the Southern Low Countries (c. 1350 - c. 1550)
published pages: , ISSN: 0963-9268, DOI:
Urban History 2019-05-27

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