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The politics of factional conflict in late medieval Flanders

Jonas Braekevelt (UGent) , Frederik Buylaert (UGent) , Jan Dumolyn (UGent) and Jelle Haemers (UGent)
(2012) HISTORICAL RESEARCH. 85(227). p.13-31
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Twentieth-century scholarship gave birth to two distinct and antagonistic traditions regarding the feuds that frequently occurred in the urbanized society of late medieval Flanders: that factionalism was rooted in the clashes within urban elites; or that it rose from the tensions that existed between different socio-economic layers of society. This article develops a perspective that integrates those older traditions through a synthetic discussion of the discourse on factionalism in late medieval sources and a reassessment of the distribution of wealth, power and honour in late medieval Flanders. It also connects the debate on urban factionalism to recent scholarship on the genesis of the princely state in the medieval Low Countries. The growing political influence of the Burgundian dynasty in urban factional conflict in Flanders is unmistakable, but the growth of state power probably did not lead directly to a decrease in private violence.
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Factionalism, state formation, Flanders, Middle Ages

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Braekevelt, Jonas, Frederik Buylaert, Jan Dumolyn, and Jelle Haemers. 2012. “The Politics of Factional Conflict in Late Medieval Flanders.” Historical Research 85 (227): 13–31.
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Braekevelt, J., Buylaert, F., Dumolyn, J., & Haemers, J. (2012). The politics of factional conflict in late medieval Flanders. HISTORICAL RESEARCH, 85(227), 13–31.
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Braekevelt J, Buylaert F, Dumolyn J, Haemers J. The politics of factional conflict in late medieval Flanders. HISTORICAL RESEARCH. 2012;85(227):13–31.
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Braekevelt, Jonas, Frederik Buylaert, Jan Dumolyn, et al. “The Politics of Factional Conflict in Late Medieval Flanders.” HISTORICAL RESEARCH 85.227 (2012): 13–31. Print.
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  abstract     = {Twentieth-century scholarship gave birth to two distinct and antagonistic traditions regarding the feuds that frequently occurred in the urbanized society of late medieval Flanders: that factionalism was rooted in the clashes within urban elites; or that it rose from the tensions that existed between different socio-economic layers of society. This article develops a perspective that integrates those older traditions through a synthetic discussion of the discourse on factionalism in late medieval sources and a reassessment of the distribution of wealth, power and honour in late medieval Flanders. It also connects the debate on urban factionalism to recent scholarship on the genesis of the princely state in the medieval Low Countries. The growing political influence of the Burgundian dynasty in urban factional conflict in Flanders is unmistakable, but the growth of state power probably did not lead directly to a decrease in private violence.},
  author       = {Braekevelt, Jonas and Buylaert, Frederik and Dumolyn, Jan and Haemers, Jelle},
  issn         = {0950-3471},
  journal      = {HISTORICAL RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {Factionalism,state formation,Flanders,Middle Ages},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {227},
  pages        = {13--31},
  title        = {The politics of factional conflict in late medieval Flanders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2281.2011.00578.x},
  volume       = {85},
  year         = {2012},
}

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