2004
Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1566-7146
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1611

Abstract

Abstract

In 1724, the prosecutor-general of the Grand Council of Malines, the supreme court of the Austrian Netherlands, opened a judicial investigation into the marquis of Westerlo, one of the highest aristocrats in the Low Countries. It was alleged that he had abused his power against a peasant from Herselt, one of the villages in the marquisate of Westerlo. The investigation ultimately led nowhere, but its records do reveal frequent and far-reaching abuses of power against the inhabitants of the marquisate. Moreover, they show that the villagers were not powerless but could organise themselves in various ways against their lord’s coercive actions. Additionally, the case illustrates the gradual and growing penetration of the state apparatus into the administration of local seigneuries. Finally, this essay demonstrates the need for more research on the relationships between lords and villagers. This is a neglected field of inquiry although the majority of the population in the Austrian Netherlands lived in the countryside, large parts of which consisted of seigneuries.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.5117/PM2021.1.003.GELD
2021-01-01
2022-08-19
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.5117/PM2021.1.003.GELD
Loading
/content/journals/10.5117/PM2021.1.003.GELD
Loading

Data & Media loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error