The Royal Historical Commission was founded by royal decree on 22nd July 1834. As outlined in the regulations of its organisational structure established on 1st April 1976, "its task is to research, identify, edit and analyse written sources which are of interest to the history of Belgium, and to publish critical studies relating to these sources, as well as to provide working tools for historians.".

Every year since 1845, the Commission has published a Bulletin which contains scientific contributions it has selected. The Commission "is authorised to publish elsewhere and, in any form deemed appropriate, scientific articles which cannot be included in the report". It has thus created several series which reflect its publishing policies.
Details of the contents of each series, a summary of the most recent reports and subscription procedures are outlined in the list of publications.



In 2017, the Royal Historical Commission will award its biennial Henri Pirenne Prize to the author (or authors) “for a substantial editing of texts, original or not, considered to be exemplary and relative to the history of Belgium” (art. 1 of the Prize’s rule to be consulted here). All interested persons are invited to submit their candidature to the secretariat of the Commission before the 1st of June next.


New publications

Handelingen van de Koninklijke Commissie voor Geschiedenis, 181, 2015, 327 p.

  • Jean-Louis Kupper, La notice d’inféodation du comté de Hainaut à l’Église de Liège (1071) (p. 5-31) - Summary

  • Annelies Somers, De statuten van het Gentse Sint-Veerlekapittel (1225-1788) (p. 33-148)) - Summary

  • Antoine Bonnivert, L’attitude ambivalente des évêques de Liège à l’égard des prêteurs lombards aux XIIIe et XIVe siècles : autour d’un acte notarié de 1303 (p. 149-208) - Summary

  • Valerie Vrancken, Opstand en dialoog in laatmiddeleeuws Brabant. Vier documenten uit de Brusselse opstand tegen Maximiliaan van Oostenrijk (1488-1489) (p. 209-266) - Summary

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Bruno COMER,

Paul J. Timbal, « Why the Belgian Diamonds Never Fell into Enemy Hands. May 10, 1940 – June 23, 1940 », Brussels, Commission royale d’Histoire, 2014, 353 p. - 25 € - Summary