High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


#12 - When Jews Were Blamed for the Black Death

In the 14th century, up to half of the European population died of the Black Death after it first struck in 1348. Jews were often blamed for the plague and subsequently burned at the stake as punishment.


#19 - No One Messes Around With John the Fearless

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.


#16 - The Fishy History of Dutch Herring

Eating herring is a Dutch tradition. This silvery, slimy fish is even part of their national identity, thanks to a myth about a humble herring fisherman.


#18 - To Boldly Go for Brabant

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.


#1 - 99% of Dutch History

Join us on our journey throughout the history of the Netherlands. We start in so-called "pre-history".


#7 - Getting Down in Town

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.


#4 - Charles in Charge

On our journey exploring the history of the Low Countries, we can't forget the 'Father of Europe': Charlemagne or Charles the Great.


#5 - Welcome to Family Feudalism

After the collapse of Charlemagne's empire at the end of the 9th century, the lowlands became the playground for many family feuds.


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