Estates General of 1464

The Estates General of 1464 was a parliamentary assembly of representatives of the constituent territories of the Burgundian Netherlands (now parts of France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands). It was the first such assembly.

Estates General

États Généraux (French) / Staten Generaal (Dutch)
Estates of the realm
First Estate of prelates
Second Estate of nobility
Third Estate of boroughs
Established9 January 1464
Disbanded12 February 1464
Meeting place

Convocation edit

Each of the territories represented already had parliamentary institutions (provincial estates) of its own. The convocation of a meeting of representatives of all of these territories was the initiative of the States of Flanders (between 20 and 24 December), followed by Philip the Good (on 25 December), and his son Charles the Bold (on 26 December). Although in first instance reacting to the initiative of the States of Flanders, Duke Philip and his son were quick to adopt the convocation of the Estates General in support of their policy of centralizing their rule over their various territories.[1]

Composition edit

The precise composition of the Estates General of 1464 is unknown. A total of at least 81 delegates attended from the Duchy of Brabant, the County of Flanders (with a distinct delegation from Lille, Douai and Orchies), the County of Artois, the County of Hainaut, the County of Holland, the County of Namur, the Lordship of Mechelen, the County of Boulogne, and the County of Zeeland.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ Wim Blockmans, "De samenstelling van de staten van de Bourgondische landsheerlijkheden omstreeks 1464", Standen en Landen 47 (1968), pp. 57-112; 65-66.
  2. ^ J. Gilissen, "Les Etats Généraux des Pays de par deçà (1464-1632)", Standen en Landen, 33 (1965), p. 287.