Wim Pieter Blockmans (b. 1945, Antwerp, Belgium) is Professor of Medieval History at Leiden University. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Ghent. He has been Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study since September 2002. He published Emperor Charles V 1500-1558 (London 2002), and Introduction to Medieval Europe 300-1550, (London/New York 2007) 372 pp.: Revised translation of: Eeuwen des Onderscheids. Geschiedenis van de Europese middeleeuwen, (Amsterdam 2002) (in coll. with P. Hoppenbrouwers), 476 pp. (third print 2007) as well as many other books on late medieval and early modern state power.