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H.L. Janssen

Professor emeritus

Prof.dr. H.L. Janssen
+31 71 527 2682


I am primarily fascinated by the often completely different images produced by the results of archaeological and historical research of the Middle Ages. This applies to research both on towns and on castles. The images may (apparently) be both complementary as well as contradictory. I am convinced that these images cannot be placed side by side without any commentary, as often still occurs today, but that they need to be actively translated with relation to both disciplines; it is only after this process has taken place that a real dialogue can develop. I am focussing my research on all three of these levels, on the analytical level of the historical and archaeological research into castles and towns but especially on the second level of relating the research results to the reciprocal disciplines and on the third level of synthesis.



(2001) "Ceramic and Metal Objects", Hieronymus Bosch. New Insights into his Life and Work, J. Koldewey, B. Vermet (eds.), Rotterdam, 171-186.

(2000) H.L. Janssen, T.J. Hoekstra, B. Olde Meierink, "Fortifications of castles in the Northern Netherlands during the Gelre-Habsburg conflict (1492-1543)", Chateau Gaillard. Etudes de castellologie médiévale 19 (Actes du Colloque international de Graz (Autriche), 22-29 août 1998), Caen, 124-148.

(1996) "Tussen woning en versterking. Het kasteel in de middeleeuwen", 1000 jaar kastelen in Nederland. Functie en vorm door de eeuwen heen, H.L. Janssen, J.M.M. Kylstra-Wielinga, B. Olde Meierink (eds), Utrecht, 15-111.

(1990) "Medieval material culture and the problem of the historical interpretation of archaeological evidence: the example of the town of 's-Hertogenbosch", Mensch und Objekt im Mittelalter und in der frühen Neuzeit. Leben-Alltag-Kultur (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit 13= Sitzungsberichte der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosohisch-Historische Klasse, 568. Band), Wien, 397-438.

(1992) Het kasteel centraal. Een integrale benadering van een materieel object (Oratie 20 februari 1990 Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht), Utrecht. (1983) Van Bos tot Stad. Opgravingen in ’s-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch, 319 pp.

Professor emeritus

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Architectuurgeschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.20a



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