Licht op het zonneleen Gronsveld: ontwikkeling en instellingen van het Rijksonmiddellijke graafschap Gronsveld (elfde eeuw tot circa 1795)

Th.J. van Rensch

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The county of Gronsveld, which includes the villages of Gronsveld, Eckelrade, Heugem, Honthem and Slenaken, was an independent city-state that, until 1795, belonged to one of the small territories that currently make up the Province of Limburg. The lords of Gronsveld, considered imperial counts since 1586, derived their sovereign authority 'from the sun' (hence the Dutch term zonneleen) and recognised the German emperor as the supreme authority.
After an introduction to the country and the German history of the Van Bronckhorst Batenburg and Toerring-Jettenbach houses, legislation, administration, taxation and law were set down in relation to the German Empire.
This research model can be used to study similar territories in the Meuse region.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Berkvens, Louis, Supervisor
  • van Hofstraeten, Bram, Co-Supervisor
Award date21 Oct 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • history
  • Limburg
  • Van Bronckhorst Batenburg
  • Toerring-Jettenbach

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