Due to the course of its tumultuous history, the County of Flanders' vast territory is now divided over three countries: Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
- The County of Flanders has a very rich history, which was chiefly dictated by France's drive to dominate that rich area.
- Not only the French were interested in the wealth of the Flemish nation, but every occupant and ruler pilfered the land and it's people until in the 19th century it became one of the poorest in Europe.
- A small image gallery is accessible from the parishs page
Contemporary historySee the French Departements Nord, the Belgian provinces West-Flanders, East-Flanders and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen in the Dutch province Zeeland
Late Middle Ages
The county was around 1500 divided in the following castellanies:
Source: "Medieval Flanders", p. 446-447, by David Nicholas, 1992
- Quarter of the city of Bruges
- Castellany of the Franc of Bruges
- Castellany of Bergues (Sint-Winnoksbergen) (now France)
- Castellany of Bourbourg (Burburg) (now France)
- Castellany of Veurne (now partly France)
- Quarter of the city of Ghent
- Quarter of the city of Ypres
- Castellany of Ypres (Ieper)
- Castellany of Bailleul (Belle) (now France)
- Castellany of Cassel (Kassel) (now France)
- Walloon Flanders (now France)
- Armorial of Walloon Flanders (French - shows the Arms of the towns currently in France)
- Castellany of Douai (now France)
- Castellany of Lille (now France)
- La Tournaisie
The bishopry of Tournay was the bishop for the County of Flanders, and did have also temporal powers for a part of la Tournaisie. This territory was also very enclaved with parts of other castelannies of the County of Flanders and with parts of the County of Hainaut.
Early Middle Ages
Cartography, Maps, and Plans
Heraldry, Coats of Arms, and Seals
- Count of Flanders before 1127
- Count of Flanders Thierry of Alsace (and his successors) (1127-1384)