Research Resources

The Good News: If you’re interested in Renaissance-era Dutch and Flemish history, there’s a vast array of sources and scholarly research out there for you.

The Not-So-Good News: For hobbyist reenactors and history enthusiasts, finding – and later remembering – the names and locations of these assorted projects, communities, journals, and archives can be challenging.

This is my attempt to catalog the many resources I’ve discovered – and have drawn from – in my own research into the Renaissance-era Low Countries.

This is an ongoing, evolving catalog. If you know of a resource you think should be added, please reach out!

Sources & Databases ›

Letters, art, artifacts, and printed materials. Databases and other collections of primary and contemporary sources relevant to Renaissance-era Dutch and Flemish studies.

Armorials & Wapenboeken ›

Collections of sixteenth century heraldry native to the Low Countries – or including significant numbers of heraldic arms from the region

Academic Programs & Communities ›

Scholarly projects, programs, university departments, and societies related to Renaissance-era Dutch and Flemish studies.

Scholarly Journals ›

Relevant peer-reviewed journals with frequently – or occasionally – relevant articles and reviews.

Museums & Archives ›

Institutions across the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and other regions with historic ties to the Low Countries

For Reenactors & Living Historians ›

References, merchants, historical costumers, groups, and events for those interested in portraying the long sixteenth century.

Research Bibliography ›

A personally curated collection of books relating to the Renaissance-era Low Countries and broader Northern Renaissance Europe. Built in LibraryThing’s TinyCat service. Opens in a new tab.

Who is Behind This?

Will Phillips is a history enthusiast now residing in the Midwest United States interested in the historical anthropology of the Renaissance-era Low Countries. This site (and accompanying Facebook page) exist to share the fascinating stories of the Dutch Revolt and early Republic with a wider English-language audience.

In the Society for Creative Anachronism and other reenacting circles, he is also known by his living history persona, Hugo van Harlo, a fictional member of the Dutch gentry ca. 1580.