Frederik Buylaert

Frederik Buylaert

Prof. Dr. Frederik Buylaert studied medieval and early modern European history at the universities of Ghent, Leiden and Columbia and obtained a PhD at Ghent University in 2008 with a dissertation on the Flemish nobility in the 14th and 15th centuries. As of 2011, he is appointed lecturer in late medieval and early modern history at the VUB. His research focuses on urban and rural elites in the pre-modern Low Countries, with a particular interest in social mobility, historiography and the politics of remembrance.


Core publications

  • Frederik Buylaert, Wim De Clercq & Jan Dumolyn, 'Sumptuary legislation, material culture and the semiotics of "vivre noblement" in the county of Flanders (14th-16th centuries)', Social History 36 (2011) 393-417.
  • Frederik Buylaert, Eeuwen van ambitie. De adel in laatmiddeleeuws Vlaanderen (Brussels: Royal Academy for Science and the Arts of Belgium, 2010).
  • Frederik Buylaert, 'Memory, social mobility and historiography. Shaping noble identity in the Bruges chronicle of Nicholas Despars (+1597)', Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis 88 (2010) 377-408.




Topics for Bachelor's paper or Master's thesis

  • Urban and rural elites (14th-16th centuries)
  • Late medieval and early modern historiography
  • Politics of remembrance
  • Gift-giving cultures