The Identity of the urban 'Commoners' in 13th century Flanders

2016 Imago Temporis: Medium Aevum  
This article studies the social protest of the 1280s in the main cities of the county of Flanders. The protestors were a very heterogeneous group, because wealthy tradesmen, craftsmen and middle class artisans united forces to fight their common enemy, the established families that had governed the cities for many decades. The protesters had a shared, distinct and insistent identity. They presented themselves as the meentucht, a vernacular translation (or better: a contemporary interpretation)
more » ... ry interpretation) of the Latin communitas. The use of this term as a basis for their self-definition justified their protest because the rebels saw themselves as the true commoners of the city. keywords Political History, City, Medieval Flanders, Identity. caPItalIa Verba Historia Politica, Civitas, Flanders Mediaevalis, Identitas. Imago TemporIs. medIum aevum, X (2016):
doi:10.21001/itma.2016.10.07 fatcat:k6sovxmeabetticadzfalmfy2q