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Belgium - The Archives of the University of Leuven (1425-1797): University Heritage of Global Significance

In the 16th century, Leuven (Louvain) was the largest university after Paris, north of the Alps. Leuven also played a major international role in the earliest developments of typography and cartography, and in the introduction of Catholic reformation. The almost 200 linear metres of university records are one of the most homogenous university archives from the Ancien Régime. They provide an insight into the reality of an early modern university, its functioning and the interactions between students, professors and the broader society.


© Prof. Dr. Karel Velle, National Archivist, State Archives in Belgium
© KU Leuven, University Archives and Art Collections

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