Brigitte Meijns

Brigitte Leonie Isabelle Meijns is a Belgian medievalist, professor of Medieval History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.[1][2]

Brigitte Meijns
EducationMedieval history
Alma materKatholieke Universiteit Leuven
Scientific career
FieldsChurch history
InstitutionsKatholieke Universiteit Leuven
ThesisAken of Jeruzalem? De ordo canonicus in het graafschap Vlaanderen: een onderzoek naar het ontstaan en de hervorming van de kanonikale instellingen (Merovingische periode - circa 1155) (1999)

Meijns studied at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the University of Poitiers, obtaining her doctorate from Leuven in 1999 with a thesis on the reform of chapters of canons regular in the 11th and 12th centuries. This was published as Aken of Jeruzalem? Het ontstaan en de hervorming van de kanonikale instellingen in Vlaanderen tot circa 1155 (Leuven, 2000).[3]

Her work examines the role of collegiate churches in the medieval Low Countries,[4][5][6][7] the local impact of Gregorian Reform,[8][9] and the uses and exchange of relics.[10][11]

She was a visiting scholar at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris in 2008,[12] and at the Institute for Advanced Study in spring 2009.[1]

She currently teaches History of the Middle Ages and Religion in the Middle Ages (and formerly Post-Classical Latin Historical Texts) at KU Leuven.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Brigitte Leonie Isabelle Meijns". Institute for Advanced Study.
  2. ^ "Studiedag over monnikenleven". Het Laatste Nieuws. 15 Oct 2015.
  3. ^ Review by Walter Simons in Speculum, 78:3 (2003), pp. 962-963.
  4. ^ B. Meijns, "The Canonical Order in the County of Flanders from the Merovingian Period until 1155", Revue d'Histoire Ecclesiastique, 97:1 (2002), pp. 1-57.
  5. ^ De canonicis qui seculares dicuntur: treize siècles de chapitres séculiers dans les anciens Pays-Bas, edited by B. Meijns and M. Carnier (Turnhout, 2018)
  6. ^ B. Meijns, "Les chanoines séculiers : histoire et fonctions dans la société (IXe‐XIIe siècle)", in Les chapitres séculiers et leur culture: Vie canoniale, art et musique à Saint-Yrieix (VIe-XIIIe siècle), edited by Claude Andrault-Schmitt and Philippe Depreux (Limoges, 2014), pp. 15-30.
  7. ^ B. Meijns, "Canon communities dependent on the Benedictine Abbeys during the upper middle ages. Example of the County of Flanders", Revue Bénédictine, 113:2 (2013), pp. 90-123.
  8. ^ B. Meijns, "Opposition to Clerical Continence and the Gregorian Celibacy Legislation in the Diocese of Thérouanne: Tractatus pro Clericorum Conubio (c. 1077-1078)", Sacris Erudiri. A Journal on the Inheritance of Early and Medieval Christianity, 47 (2008), pp. 223-290.
  9. ^ B. Meijns, "Papal Bulls as Instruments of Reform: the Reception of the Protection Bulls of Gregory VII in the Dioceses of Liège and Thérouanne (1074-1077)", Church History, 87:2 (2018), pp. 399-423.
  10. ^ B. Meijns, "The Policy on Relic-Translations of Baldwin II of Flanders (879-†918), Edward of Wessex (899-†924) and Æthelflaed of Mercia (†924): A Key to Anglo-Flemish Relations?", in England and the Continent in the Tenth Century: Studies in honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947), edited by D. Rollason, C. Leyser and H. Williams (Turnhout, 2011), pp. 473-492.
  11. ^ B. Meijns, "England and Flanders around 1066: The Cult of the English Saints Oswald and Lewinna in the Comital Abbey of Bergues", Anglo-Norman Studies XXXIX: Proceedings of the Battle conference 2016, edited by E. van Houts (Woodbridge, 2017), pp. 128-149.
  12. ^ a b "Brigitte Meijns". Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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