Lectures

Lectures

A word to the wise: two lectures are scheduled that will shed light on the power and reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V!

  • Aztec feathers, an art in the service of Charles V's diplomacy (FR)

    The feather, a sacred object in daily life and a true jewel of the Aztec Empire, was a luxury item reserved for the pre-Columbian and European elites. As early as 1520, the sumptuous objects decorated with feathers received by Charles V from the conqueror Hernán Cortés, were described in glowing terms. As they became one of the symbols of the New World, the acquisition and integration of feather artefacts from New Spain met with unprecedented success, not only in the collections of members of the Habsburg family and the high nobility, but also in monasteries and churches in the Old World.

    Practical information
    By: Salomé Chevallier, doctoral student in History and Civilisation at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale, Paris
    Date: 23 June
    When: 18:30
    Price: Free of charge
    Duration: +/- 1 hour

    Booking required: www.brusselscitymuseum.brussels
    Info: servicedespublics@brucity.be

  • Charles V and (his) Cities. No laughing matter. (NL)

    Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the history of the 16th century knows that in 1540 the emperor Charles V humiliated his native city of Ghent by making fifty fellow citizens parade before him in their night clothes, each with a noose around his neck.
    Since then, the people of Ghent have used the term 'stroppendragers' as a nickname which they invoke to judge the great emperor in an appropriate, critical manner.
    However, did you know that these historical facts are now viewed in a completely different light compared to a few decades ago? And that this new approach helps to provide a new insight into the history of many other cities, including Brussels?
    Roel Jacobs explains this new way of looking at things.

    Practical information
    By Roel Jacobs, Historian Conference in Dutch
    Date: 30 June
    When: 18:30
    Meeting point: Brussels City Museum - Maison du Roi, Grand-Place
    Duration: +/- 1 hour
    Price: Free of charge

    Booking required via www.brusselscitymuseum.brussels
    Contact: servicedespublics@brucity.be