Good Cities

The Good Cities (French: Bonnes Villes) were the most important cities of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège (980-1795). If considered a Good City, the city was allowed to build a city wall; partake in the States of Liège; and erect a perron symbolising the autonomy and freedom of Liège.

In 1651 the Good Cities numbered 23,[citation needed] and they were grouped in either the so-called villes thioises (Low Dietsch cities, which contemporarily would be termed Dutch or Flemish) and the villes françoises[citation needed] (contemporarily French or Walloon cities). All of these Good Cities are located within present-day Belgium.

Two other major cities of the Prince-Bishopric had a special statute, which differentiated them from the Good Cities as they were not allowed to be represented at the States of Liège. These two were part of the Condominium of Maastricht, an area of joint sovereignty shared by the Prince-Bishopric of Liège and the Duchy of Brabant.

The citiesEdit

Villes thioises

City Current Belgian:
Province Region
Beringen Limburg Flemish
Bilzen Limburg Flemish
(then named Loon)
Limburg Flemish
Bree Limburg Flemish
Hamont Limburg Flemish
Hasselt Limburg Flemish
Herk-de-Stad Limburg Flemish
Maaseik Limburg Flemish
Peer Limburg Flemish
Sint-Truiden Limburg Flemish
Stokkem Limburg Flemish
Tongeren Limburg Flemish

Villes françoises

City Current Belgian:
Province Region
Châtelet Hainaut Wallonia
Ciney Namur Wallonia
Couvin Namur Wallonia
Dinant Namur Wallonia
Fosses-la-Ville Namur Wallonia
Huy Liège Wallonia
Liège Liège Wallonia
Thuin Hainaut Wallonia
Verviers Liège Wallonia
Visé Liège Wallonia
Waremme Liège Wallonia

Cities with a special statute

The Condominium of Maastricht – of which the Prince-Bishopric shared a joint authority with the Duchy of Brabant and later the Dutch Republic – included two cities with a special statute.

City Current:
Bouillon Luxembourg (Belgium) Wallonia
Maastricht Limburg (Netherlands) N/A