Source Seminar: the toll tariff of Letterswerve (c. 1163)

29-04-2019 from 13:00 to 15:30
Ghent, UFo building (meeting room archeology, first floor). Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35
Stefan Meysman
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Source Seminar in the 2018-2019 Medieval Seminar Series

De theloneo portus de Letraswerf. An interdisciplinary historical criticism of the toll tariff of Letterswerve

Damme de hervy.jpg.pngThe toll tariff of Letterswerve (c. 1163) is not only an important on medieval sea trade in the Low Countries, it also contains the oldest written traces of German merchant (Hansa) activity in the Zwin area near Bruges.

This intriguing Latin text has been edited twenty years ago by Adriaan Verhulst, Lieve De Mey and Thérèse de Hemptinne. Recently, considerable progress has been made in the study of how the harbour system of medieval Bruges was shaped, thanks to the interdisciplinary research of archaeologists Wim De Clercq and Jan Trachet (Ghent University) and new historical contributions of Jan Dumolyn (Ghent University), Ward Leloup (Ghent University, Free University of Brussels) and Kristiaan Dillen (Ghent University).

Considering the state of research, it is high time to reexamine the document of Letterswerve together with a group of specialists of the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies (Ghent University) and the Free University of Brussels. It will be a true seminar of historical-critical method.


The seminar primarily aims at junior researchers from the fields of history, archaeology, literature and linguistics, and geography. However, all are welcome! Please note that we can only accommodate 20 participants. The event will be in Dutch. You can register by sending an email to the HPIMS coordinator, . The deadline for registration is April 22nd 2019.



Participants are expected to read both the edition of the texts and its analysis by Verhulst in advance. The edition and selected secondary literature will be made available by the organisers.  At the seminar, several specialists will provide short commentaries prior to the collective analysis of the text.

The seminar will take place on Monday, April 29th 2019 from 13:00 til 15:30 at the UFo building in Ghent (Meeting Room Archaeology, 1st floor)