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Seven Noble Houses of Brussels

Historic patrician families in Brussels, Belgium / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Seven Noble Houses of Brussels (also called the Seven Lineages or Seven Patrician families of Brussels; French: Sept lignages de Bruxelles, Dutch: Zeven geslachten van Brussel, Latin: Septem nobiles familiae Bruxellarum) were the seven families or clans whose descendants formed the patrician class and urban aristocracy of Brussels, Belgium.

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Seven Noble Houses of Brussels
Countryalt Duchy of Brabant

Arms_of_the_Duke_of_Burgundy_%281364-1404%29.svg Burgundian Netherlands
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Coat_of_arms_of_the_Austrian_Netherlands.svg Austrian Netherlands
Place of originalt Duchy of Brabant
Founded1306 (restored) by John II
TraditionsCivil, military, political and economic leadership
Cadet branchesSleeus, Sweerts, Serhuyghs, Steenweeghs, Coudenbergh, Serroelofs, Roodenbeke

They formed, since the Middle Ages, a social class with a monopoly, on the civil, military and economic leadership of the urban administration. This institution existed until the end of the Ancien Régime. However, as of the urban revolution of 1421, the representatives of the Guilds also exercised similar offices. Still, the offices of aldermen and captains of the urban militias were always reserved exclusively for members of the Lignages.

The long lived and rarely threatened supremacy of the Seven Houses of Brussels was based on a multitude of common interests they shared with the ducal dynasty of Brabant,[2] as well as the successive Houses of Louvain, Burgundy and Habsburg. Together with the Guilds of Brussels, they formed the freemen of the city.