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Magnanimous Dukes and Rising States: The Unification of the Burgundian Netherlands, 1380-1480

Robert Stein


In the late fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries the Dukes of Valois-Burgundy created a composite monarchy in the Netherlands, an area that had been dominated for centuries by several regional dynasties. In this way they laid the foundation for the modern states of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg. The Burgundian takeover resulted in a modernization of administration, jurisdiction, and finances. The rise of the House of Burgundy can be read as the success story of a dynasty that in little over a century managed to assemble a great number of principalities, thus creating a new composit ... More

Keywords: The Netherlands, Belgium, Burgundy, Valois-Burgundy, state formation, institutions, bureaucracy, representation, Philip the Bold, Philip the Good

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198757108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Stein, author
Senior University Lecturer in Medieval History, Leiden Institute for History, Leiden University