Nouvelle acquisition : Urban history writing in North-Western Europe (15th-16th centuries)
CAERS Bram (dir.), DEMETS Lisa (dir.), VAN GASSEN Tineke (dir.)
Urban history writing in North-Western Europe (15th-16th centuries)
Turnhout : Brepols, 2019, 231 p.
Collection Studies in European urban history (1100-1800) ; 47
This volume aims at taking the first steps towards a revaluation of urban historiography in Northwest Europe, including rather than excluding texts that do not fit common definitions. It confronts examples from the Low Countries to well-studied cases abroad, in order to develop new approaches to urban historiography in general. In the authors’ view, there are no fixed textual formats, social or political categories, or material forms that exclusively define ‘the urban chronicle’. Urban historiography in pre-modern Western Europe came in many guises, from the dry and modest historical notes in a guild register, to the elaborate heraldic images in a luxury manuscript made on commission for a patrician family, to the legally founded political narrative of a professional scribe in an official town chronicle. The contributions in this volume attest to the diversity of the ‘genre’ and look more closely at these texts from a broader, comparative perspective, unrestrained by typologies and genre definitions. It is mainly because of these hybrid guises, that many examples of urban historiography from the Low Countries for instance succeeded in going unnoticed for a considerable amount of time. (4e de couv.)