David Nicholas on princes and #cities

Maximilian of Hapsburg, who married Mary of Burgundy soon after her father’s death [at the battle of Nancy on January 5, 1477], was initially welcomed in Flanders, but nothing in his past dealings had prepared him for the urban environment of the Low Countries, with its long tradition of participation with the sovereign in state policy. – David Nicholas, The Northern Lands – Germanic Europe, c. 1270-c. 1500, 2009.

(Trailer: the next quotes from this lovely book, which is full of people called things like Louis the Posthumous, will be about the Kalmar Union.)

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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