Photographer: Nathan van Kleij

Mr N.P.D.W. (Nathan) van Kleij MA

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
  • Visiting address
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Room number: C 1.04
  • Postal address:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
    T: 0205254450

Nathan van Kleij is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Historical Studies, within the Faculty of Humanities. He is affiliated with the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (, as well with the Amsterdam Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (

His project (2016-2020) concerns the study of late medieval town halls (and urban courtrooms spaces). He studies the creation, the 'design' and interiour of these buildings; how the publicness/accessibility (or seclusion) within these buildings was facilitated, imagined and regulated (and negotiated); and how the urban community used them.

This research is part of the project "Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge in the Middle Ages" of the Research School for Medieval Studies, financed by a Graduate Programme grant from NWO.

Nathan works as well with public history related projects, such as being the advisor for (historical) content and vision of a teaching method in history for secondary education. He also is an editor at the Historisch Café Amsterdam.


Research interests:

  • Social and cultural history of late medieval cities
  • Town Halls
  • Courtrooms and justice
  • Public space
  • Public sphere
  • Material culture and media (spec. paintings and architecture)
  • Urban history
  • History of urbanism

Lower left corner of the "Last Judgment" of Maastricht, by Jan van Brussel (1477)

  • ''Backroom Politics': Openness and Secrecy Inside the Late Medieval Town Hall.' (Conference Paper 17. Symposium des Mediävistenverbandes, Gheimnis und Verborgenes im Mittelalter, 19.-22. März 2017. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
  • "Town Halls, Courtrooms and Society in the Low Countries, c.1300-1500"
    (Conference Paper for the 22nd Dutch-Flemish Medieval Studies Day: "Readjusting the Middle Ages", Utrecht 11 November 2016)
  • "Adressing Accessibility of the Courtroom in the Late Medievel Town Hall"
    (Conference Paper for 'Voices of Law: Law and Ritual', Leeuwarden 22-23 September 2016)  
  • "Stadhuizen als fenomeen"
     (Guest lecture at the symposium 'Zwolle in de Middeleeuwen', Varias Vias / Buro Ruis / Stadkamer, 14-04-2016)


  • van Kleij, N. (2016). 'Ende dat jonckwijff heeft geseit': De deelname van vrouwen aan criminele rechtspraak in Gouda, ca. 1450-1530. Historica, 39(1), 3-7. [details] 


  • van Kleij, N. (Author). (2017). Tentoonstelling Crossroads. Reizen door de Middeleeuwen ziet het licht en laat zien hoe het moet.


  • van Kleij, N. (2016). De verhalen in en achter de genadebrief: misdaad, intriges en sociale portretten [Bespreking van: W. Prevenier, P. Arnade (2015) Onze gratie en genade: misdaad en vergiffenis in de Bourgondische Nederlanden]. Madoc, 30(2), 116-118. [details] 


  • van Kleij, Nathan (organiser) (15-9-2017): Alternative Facts and the Middle Ages (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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