Digital lecture Falco Van der Schueren, 'Van der macht van hervachteghen lieden: on the origins of municipal voluntary jurisdiction in late medieval Ghent'

When
18-02-2022 from 16:00 to 17:00
Where
Digital: MS Teams
Language
English
Organizer
Stefan Meysman
Contact
Stefan.Meysman@UGent.be

Open lecture by Falco Van der Schueren (PhD fellow at Ghent University) for the Digital Medieval Urban History Network

On Friday 18th February 2022 (16.00 CET), Falco Van der Schueren (Ghent University, BE) will deliver a paper entitled 'Van der macht van hervachteghen lieden: on the origins of municipal voluntary jurisdiction in late medieval Ghent'.

Medieval Ghent was unique in having "erfachtige lieden" (heriditarii), descendants of the first landowners who settled in the city’s port around the tenth century. Their economic dominance led gradually to social, political and legal privileges which set them apart from others as urban patricians. In 1297 the count of Flanders approved their capacity to register private deeds of local citizens and even long after their demise in 1302 they remained important for the municipal voluntary jurisdiction in Ghent alongside the city's aldermen.

Falco Van der Schueren (Ghent University) is a PhD fellow appointed by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). His research project unravels the complexity of late medieval voluntary jurisdiction in the Southern Low Countries. From a comparative and legal historical perspective it considers how local laws and customary practices affected the interactions between various intermediaries who were competent to record mutual transactions.

This lecture will be the 30th event of the Digital Medieval Urban History Network, directed by the Henri Pirenne Institute at Ghent University and the Department of History at Queen Mary University London.

The network's digital lectures are open to all, for registration to the MS Teams group please get in touch with Prof. Miri Rubin (QMUL) or Dr. Stefan Meysman (Ghent)