Palatium Summer School, Utrecht 2014

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I was very pleased to have been selected to take part in last years Palatium Summer School which was held in Utrecht form from June 30th till the 9th of July 2014. This was the last of three summer schools organised by the Palatium Programme. As with the previous editions, this summer school had the theme Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. 

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Palatium is a networking programme funded by the European Science Foundation that started in 2010 and is scheduled to finish in May 2015. The programme brings together researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds to look at Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe in the period between 1400-1700. The impressive steering committee and participating organisations clearly demonstrate the interdisciplinary and international scope of the project. The summer school itself had 25 participants from 13 different countries. This summer school is only a small part of the academic output of the Palatium which includes a whole host of conferences, workshops and publications. Undoubtedly it will lead on to more academic debate on the various subjects as well as fostering new projects and networks for the future.

In addition to the excellent lectures on various topics there was a series of excursions taking us across the Netherlands to examine examples of residences ranging from grand palaces to humbler country houses. Of special note  were those to buildings not normally accessible to the general public. I’ll be adding a posts for each excursion in the coming days.

Excursions:

Breda Castle

Markiezenhof, Bergen op Zoom

The Hague: Binnenhof, Noordeinde Palace, Mauritshuis, Kneuterdijk Palace

Hofwijck

Huis ten Bosch Palace

Heemstede Castle

Renswoude Castle

Middachten Castle

Het Loo Palace

Linschoten

My gratitude goes out to the organisers of this summers school, especially Konrad Ottenheym and Martijn van Beek, the lecturers and the curators managers and hosts at the various properties where we were so generously received. I would also like to thank my fellow participants for the convivial atmosphere and informal debate.

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The Palatium Summer School 2014, Huis te Linschoten