Léopold Genicot

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Léopold Genicot (Forville 18 March 1914 - Ottignies 11 May 1995) was a Belgian medieval historian.[1]


Léopold Genicot was born in Forville, Belgium, in 1914. After earning his BA in political economics, he worked as an archivist for nine years in the Namur branch of the Royal Archives from 1935 to 1944. During that time, he obtained a PhD in history in 1937. His work at the archives also allowed him to hide escaped prisoners during the second World War.

In 1935, he was offered a position as professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and received a tenure there in 1947. He taught historical critics, methodology, Belgian history and Middle Age history. In his research, he was particularly interested in the Walloon history (Wallonia, Histoire de la Wallonie). He created and directed the Centre d'Histoire rurale et de l'Institut interfacultaire d'Etudes médiévales.

His contribution to the Middle-age history is well known, and his books and articles are used today in many medieval history classes ([1], [2]).

In 1972, for the Belgian scholarly press, Genicot directed "Brepols," a series of lengthy bibliographical essays/monographs, "Typologie des Sources du Moyen Age Occidental" to serve a scholarly base of medievalists ranging from graduate students to professors. This series of books has been one of the most successful collections of introductory and bibliographical aids ever introduced to the academic community. By publishing three to four titles a year, the series has steadily grown to seventy-eight volumes, covering everything from necrological documents to Latin treatises on the virtues and vices, from astronomy to arms and armor. [3]

In 1964, he received the "Guaillarde d'Argent"[4]. In 1982, he received an honorary degree from the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) [5]. In 1988, he received the prize "Personnalité Richelieu" [6]

He was the great uncle of Garance Genicot.

A Militant[edit]

He was a strong advocate of Wallonia and the "Rénovation wallonne" and affiliated with the "Rassemblement wallon". Candidate to the European elections, his position on the Walloon problems became more radical over time. [7]


See [8], [9], [10].

  • Rural Communities in the Medieval West, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990.
  • "The Nobility in Medieval Francia: Continuity, Break or Evolution?" in Cheyette, Lordship and Community, (see XII. C. 4), pp. 128–36.
  • La noblesse dans l'Occident médiéval, London 1982
  • Le XIIPsiecle europeen, Nouvelle Clio, 18, Paris, 1968 etc.
  • Villes et campagnes dans les Pays-Bas médiévaux, Acta historica et archaeologica mediaevalia, ISSN 0212-2960, Nº 7-8, 1986, pags. 163-192
  • Encyclopédie du Mouvement wallon, IJD, Charleroi, 2000 tome 2, p.p. 708-709.
  • Histoire de la Wallonie, Privat, Toulouse, 1973.
  • Contours of the Middle Ages, 1967. CB351 G413 1967.
  • "Discordiae concordantium: Sur l'intérêt des textes hagiographiques," Académie royale de Belgique: Bulletin de la Classe des Lettres et des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 5 ser., vol. 51 (1965), pp. 65–75.
  • "Un Equilibrage dans l'histoire medievale: I'etude du monde rural," Revue d'histoire ecclesiastique 81(1986).501-27,
  • La Wallonie: un passé pour un avenir, coll. Ecrits politiques wallons, p. 140, Charleroi, I.J.D., 1986.
  • Racines d'Espérance, Bruxelles, Didier Hatier, 1986.
  • "Crisis: From the Middle Ages to Modern Times," Cambridge Economic History, I (2nd ed.: Cambridge, 1966), chpt. 8.
  • Wallonie-Bruxelles : bureau de l'industrie sur le Continent européen, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1990, 255 p. Ill. (co-éditeur).
  • La collégiale Notre-Dame de Huy. 2ème partie : la collégiale gothique (1311-1536), Revue des archéologues et historiens d'art de Louvain, 24, 1991, p. 21-45.
  • with T. COOMANS, Les bâtiments des Jésuites à Namur aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, dans Les Jésuites à Namur, 1608-1773. Mélanges publiés à l'occasion des anniversaires ignatiens, Namur, 1991, p. 99-173.
  • with T. COOMANS, Grisailles du triforium du choeur de la cathédrale de Bruxelles (XIIIe siècle), Revue des archéologues et historiens d'art de Louvain, 24, 1991, p. 9-19.
  • Brabante, art. de l'<<Enciclopedia dell' Arte medievale>>, t. 3, Milan-Rome, 1992, p. 678-683.

As editor:

  • Léopold Genicot and Paul Tombeur, Index Scriptorum Operumque Latino-Belgicorum medii Aevi. Nouveau répertoire des oeuvres mediolatines belges, 5 volumes (Brussels, 1973–79)
  • Leopold Genicot La Typologie des sources du moyen age occidental, gen. ed. (Turnhout, 1972).


  1. ^ Georges Duby, Nécrologie: Léopold Genicot, Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire 74:3 (1996), pp.1075-1077