In fide constans? Politiek en herinnering in het Mechelse stadsbestuur
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
De zeventiende eeuw : cultuur in de Nederlanden in interdisciplinair perspectief. - Deventer, 1985 - 2016
, p. 223-246
University of Antwerp
Around 1600, the Mechelen mayor Jan van Wachtendonck wrote an urban chronicle of his town that thoroughly revised the existing chronicle dating about a century back. Wachtendonck's text presents a version in which Mechelen sides firmly with the princely authorities, notably the Burgundian dukes. This contribution shows that the revision of Mechelen's history is part of a broader policy of memory initiated by the city council after the calvinist regime (1580-1585). Through text and image, the new council aimed to reassert the city's image as a catholic and loyal capital, in accordance with its motto 'in fide constans'.