Urban Space and Urban Society: Comparative Investigation of the Usage of Space, Social Topography and Social Networks in Western Hungary (1400-1550)

September, 2011 to June, 2012
Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

The research project, on the one hand, investigates the late medieval and early modern urban elite of a chosen urban community – Pressburg (hung. Pozsony, lat. Posonium, today Bratislava) –, primarily the spatial presence of the economic and political elite within the town in order to facilitate knowledge about the different social groups from which the leaders were recruited. On the other hand, it intends to examine the realms of everyday life (boundaries of the parishes, religious and secular processions, etc.) as well as to reconstruct the late medieval system of plots and its owners. Combining all the above issues, the primary goal is to provide an overall analysis on the usage of urban space by the contemporary burghers.