Urban Ideologies in Later Medieval Flanders. Towards an Analytical Framework

Autore: Jan Dumolyn
In: I libri di Viella. 128

Social groups, more or less consciously and reflexively, select values fundamental to their identity and interests in order to construct "ideologies" or "political languages". The urban world of the medieval county of Flanders between roughly 1100 and 1550 witnessed the rise of specific urban political languages, corresponding to the social divisions, the economic interests and the forms of political organizations developed by the city dwellers. These can be encountered in different types of legal, administrative, historiographical and literary sources. A common feature of their diversity was the concern for stable market and investment conditions.