Today's world is the product of the late Middle Ages. In what is now called 'Flanders', a new kind of man emerged. A practical man, an entrepreneur, a critical man who no longer believed what church and nobility tried to tell him. He discovers the world, creates, produces and innovates. In this book young researchers take us back to the Middle Ages. With attention for top works of art and unknown gems. This art book has a fresh academic point of view: the economical history of the Middle Ages from the viewpoint of different social groups, with surprising results on cliched thoughts such as the passive countryside, the dark Middle Ages and the role of women in society.
Small but strong : looking for the roots of sustainable economic success in medieval Flanders / Tim Soens and Peter Stabel - The many faces of the medieval burgher in the Southern Netherands / Jan Dumolyn -- Merchants and money changers / Jeroen Puttevils -- Artisans and craft guilds in the medieval city / Jelle Haemers -- Textile entrepreneurs and textile workers in the medieval city / Jeroen Deploige and Peter Stabel -- Women in the medieval society / Andrea Bardyn -- Clerics and monastics / Brigitte Meijns -- The construction of power : strategies of the prince and the nobility / Mario Damen and Dries Tys -- The status and sense of identity of farmers and villagers / Kristof Dombrecht and Eline Vanonacker -- Haute couture and prêt-à-porter : the art market in the Late Middle Ages / Katharina Van Cauteren -- And then there was light : on the artist in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and on the emergence of genius / Elisabeth Bracke -- Golden times? / Véronique Lambert
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