The Low Countries

This English-language blog, which is linked to the yearbook, The Low Countries, offers news about language, culture and society in the Low Countries for a broad foreign public.

  • 22 October 2014

A Fair Face passed away - Patricia Carson (1929-2014)

A Fair Face passed away - Patricia Carson (1929-2014)

Patricia Carson was born in Oreston, United Kingdom in 1929 and studied history in London.

After her wedding with Raoul Van Caenegem, professor of medieval history at the University of Ghent who would become an expert in English law, she lived permanently in Ghent and made her speciality of studying the relations between Great Britain and the Low Countries throughout the centuries.

Her most successful book, many times reprinted is The Fair Face of Flanders (1969), translated into Dutch, French, German and Bulgarian. She also wrote Ghent, a town for all seasons (1972), translated in Dutch, French and German, and James Van Artevelde: The man from Ghent (1980).

On 8 July 1996, she was made a member of the Belgian nobility, with the personal title of baroness. She was also a well respected member of the Advisory Committee of our yearbook The Low Countries.

  • 15 October 2014

Rembrandt at London’s National Gallery

Rembrandt at London’s National Gallery

From 15th October the National Gallery in London is to devote an exhibition to Rembrandt, one of the grand masters of the Dutch Golden Age. The focal point will be the works he created later in his life. According to the organisers, it is “the art of these late years - soulful, honest and deeply moving - that indelibly defines our image of Rembrandt the man and the artist”.

Read about Rembrandt in this article by Gary Schwartz, published in The Low Countries yearbook.

  • 14 October 2014

Pleasure and pain on canvas: Painted emotions in the Golden Age

Pleasure and pain on canvas: Painted emotions in the Golden Age

On 11th October Haarlem’s Frans Hals Museum opened an exhibition on the way sixteenth and seventeenth century painters attempted to depict emotions credibly. Pain and despair, love and desire, joy and pleasure are all on show in Emotions: Pain and Pleasure in Dutch Painting of the Golden Age, which runs until 15th February 2015.

  • 6 October 2014

German War Cemeteries in West Flanders (5): Hitler in Langemark

German War Cemeteries in West Flanders (5): Hitler in Langemark

Everybody knows about Tyne Cot Cemetery. But what do the graves of World War One's losers look like? In September and October we will present the different German war cemeteries in West Flanders in seven blog posts. This is part five: "Hitler in Langemark."