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Some personal information
Welcome! These webpages are mainly concerned with legal history, but there are also pages on the medieval city of Utrecht and the history of the religous order of the Dominicans. You can use also my links collection
on Utrecht, Dutch history, medieval history, independent search sites
and libraries. I hope you will find something useful. Your comments are welcome!
In December 2009 I started my blog for legal history. In March 2010 I launched a new website at www.rechtshistorie.nl
with updated information; as for now the information is presented only
in Dutch and English. In due time the part on legal history of my
homepages will be removed; here they will not be updated anymore. In 2013 I started a blog on medieval legal glosses, Glossae - Looking at medieval legal glosses. The centenary of the First World War prompted me to start a blog with an overview of digital projects concerning the First World War, Digital 1418.
I was born in 1963 in Utrecht,
a Dutch town. For many years I lived in the nice suburb Oog-in-Al. After primary school I followed the gymnasium at
the Sint-Bonifatiuscollege, Utrecht. From 1981 to
1988 I studied history at Utrecht University
where I participated in a graduate seminar on town-country relations in the
medieval diocese of Utrecht. I graduated with a M.Litt. thesis on the extramural
jurisdiction of the city of Utrecht during the 15th century. The Utrecht Archives hold many sources
During 2004 I worked at the Centre for Dutch Monastic Archives in Nimwegen. My job concerned the preparation of electronic cataloguing and the foundation of an online monasticon. It prompted me to add a page on digital access to cultural heritage (auch auf deutsch - en français). The Centre for the Heritage of Dutch Monastic Life opened in 2006 at the monastery of the Crosiers at St. Agatha near Cuijk on the Meuse river. Since its start in 1989 the Centre cooperates closely with the Catholic Documentation Centre at Nimwegen and the Radboud University. In 2008 I worked in the central libray of the Brothers of Tilburg, a Dutch religious congregation which focuses on education.
From June 2016 until December 2019 I worked as a project archivist at Het Utrechts Archief, the combined municipal and provincial archives at Utrecht. My main task was helping to complete the new finding aid for the archival collections of castle Hardenbroek, but I dealt with other collections as well, in particular for the medieval bishops of Utrecht. In Autumn 2020 and again medio 2021 I work as a project archivist for the Special Collections at Utrecht University Library, dealing in particular with medieval and Early Modern charters, and with fragments of charters used in bindings.
You can find more information about my professional life at LinkedIn and Humanities Commons.
My hobbies are reading, listening to classical music, singing, biking and walking. I have sung in several choirs with a repertoire ranging from medieval chant and cantatas by Bach to a cappella works. I also like listening to chamber music, works for choir and opera. Since 2013 I live in the suburb Leidsche Rijn.