The Amsterdam house where Jewish writer Etty Hillesum wrote her famous diary during WWII is in danger of being demolished. Philippe Noble, who translated her work into French, tells us why the writings she left behind are still as powerful ...
Doeschka Meijsing's book Over de liefde (About Love) resonates with the libertine spirit of a social group and era in which everything seemed possible, everything was regarded and discussed without prejudice, and everything was considered ...
Using pomp, ceremony and patronage of the arts, an image was created of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, as a wise, just and fair ruler; the “Grand Duke of the West”.
Philip the Bold set the tone for a dynasty that was going to contribute so much to the emergence of a lowland culture and identity.
Jacoba of Bavaria, Countess of Hainaut, Holland and Zeeland, was a strong leader but went down with power-hungry men, even from her own family.
Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, initiated a dynasty that would change the Low Countries forever.
Why did William the Silent not become the Father of the United Netherlands after all? René van Stipriaan explains this in this piece written exclusively for us.
In 1302, an unexpected victory of an untrained Flemish infantry militia over a professional force of French cavalry ended the French annexation of the County of Flanders.
When John III, Duke of Brabant, died in 1355 without male heirs, his three daughters and their husbands claimed the inheritance with violence.
John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, asserted himself as the dominant power broker in the Low Countries of the late 14th, early 15th century, showing the ever-restless towns what might happen to them should they rebel against his authority.
Freed from the need to be working the land due to the improvements in agriculture, people in the Low Countries began congregating in urban centres. For the first time, they were able to put their fingers onto the scales of power.
In 2020 Flanders is set to pay tribute to Jan van Eyck. The most impressive tribute to this Flemish Master will be presented in Ghent, where the Museum of Fine Arts is organising its biggest ever Jan van Eyck exhibition.
Two Flemish merchants left an imprint on the history of the Portuguese island of Madeira that is still visible today.
Thanks to a sixteenth-century botanist from the Southern Netherlands, the potato became known throughout Europe.
An exhibition in Mechelen shows portraits of young Habsburg princes and princesses that tell us a lot about the political powers struggles of sixteenth-century Europe.
Have you ever wondered why orange is the colour of the Netherlands? You find the answer in the sixteenth century.
On a trip to Mechelen, Derek Blyth discovers lost mediaeval rivers, Beethoven’s Flemish roots and the world’s oldest carillon school.
Meet the man who managed to unite the Flemish cities behind him and dared to defy the French king for the benefit of England and the wool and textile trade in Flanders.
Derek Blyth discovers a wedding that changed history, the world’s most complex clock and some of life’s sweet pleasures.
With a mere 58 cm, Manneken Pis has grown from a fountain into the symbol of Brussels, known throughout the world.