The Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies organises a lunch meeting each block, during which Utrecht medievalists present their research (either just published or work in progress) to colleagues and students in an informal setting. You are invited to bring your own lunch, while UCMS provides coffee, tea etc. During this lunch meeting Dr Merlijn Hurx will present his research on Architects and bureaucrats: the court and the origins of architectural planning in Northern Europe (1370-1540).
Although the growing impact of bureaucratic procedures on architectural planning strikes us as typical modern, its origins go back to the late Middle Ages. To control the ever-increasing cost of building, the French and English courts introduced centralised governance in the late fourteenth century. Other princes, among whom the Dukes of Burgundy quickly followed them: the dukes introduced a centralised administration to effectively organise and control the many construction sites in their domains in the Low Countries.