A dive into the archive of curse words to discover the origins of ‘Utrechtenaar’: ‘Wat is er anno 2020 eigenlijk verkeerd aan ‘Utrechtenaar’?’
In this Hoe geschiedenis jij? professor Renger de Bruin talks about historical research on a specific subject: the nobility. He does so by introducing his two current studies, one on the nobility in the province of Utrecht and the other on members of the Bailiwick of Utrecht of the Teutonic Order, between 1640 and the midpoint of the twentieth century. Renger touches on the different sources and research methods used, but also on the role and position of nobles through time.
Always follow the sources and never invent ‘information’. That’s what we, historians, are taught during our education. But recently my students and I have been making up stories. We have been ‘interviewing’ people from Utrecht who have been dead for quite a few years. By Geertje Dekkers