The power of space in late medieval and early modern Europe

Power-spaceBOONE Marc, HOWELL Martha C.

The power of space in late medieval and early modern Europe : the cities of Italy, Northern France and the low countries

Turnhout : Brepols, 2013, VI-215 p.

Collection Studies in European urban history ; 30

ISBN 978-2-503-54784-8

C 1203

Résumé éditeur :

This volume examines the politics of space in the most densely urbanized areas of Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. It ranges from Italy to the Parisian region and then to the greater Low Countries, home of Europe’s most powerful commercial cities of the period. Hardly inert sites on which political action took place, the spaces these authors investigate conferred power on those who possessed them. At the same time they were themselves transformed by the struggles, thus acquiring new powers that invited future contest. Thus implicitly responding to Georges Lefebvre’s claim that space is “produced”, the authors ask how space was perceived and used in everyday life, giving specific spaces cultural, social, and political coherence (“le perçu”); how it was represented or theorized, thus encoded in symbols, maps and laws (“le conçu”); and how it was lived, in effect the result of the dialectical relation between the perceived and the represented (“le vécu”).

Marc Boone is full professor of medieval social and political history of the (late) Middle Ages at Ghent University. He has been president of the European Association of Urban History and has published mainly in the field of urban history.

Martha C. Howell is Miriam Champion professor of History at Columbia University (New York). She has published on late medieval and early-modern European gender history and social history.

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