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Factions and popular revolt in Utrecht, 14th - 15th centuries 


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This PhD-project aims to analyse the social and cultural backgrounds of political conflict in the late medieval city of Utrecht. Thus far seen mainly as struggles for power between factions of families within the ruling elite, it turns out that these conflicts were linked to much larger issues, involving large parts of the citizenry through the guilds. This project aims to identify who were involved in urban conflict and revolt and why, what the major issues were, and how these connect to the wider development of urban government and autonomy in Utrecht in the later Middle Ages. It will also connect the theme of popular revolt in Utrecht to the development of urban identity and republicanism.


This research is part of the project ‘Twilight zone: party strife, factionalism, and feuding in the Northern Low Countries’, which is financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). In this project it is one of the three sub-projects. The research is based at the University of Leiden.




  • University of Leiden: Justine Smithuis

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Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)


Prof. dr. P.C.M. Hoppenbrouwers, University of Leiden

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Justine Smithuis

University of Leiden

+31-71 527 27 13

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