About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Virtus. Journal of Nobility Studies is an independent and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with contributions on all aspects of the history of the nobility. The journal, founded by the Werkgroep Adelsgeschiedenis in 2003, aims at providing a multilingual forum for academic exchange and discussion of research and ideas in the field of the history of nobility and related areas of study, such as genealogy, heraldry, court studies and castellology. Virtus showcases work from historians, art historians, sociologists, archaeologists, architectural historians, literary scholars and all others who write about noble elites, nobility and knighthood. Its focus encompasses a variety of analytical perspectives, including political, social and economic approaches, as well as gender, identity and material culture.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides delayed open access (12 months) to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Advisory Board

Prof. R.G. Asch (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Dr. J.C. Bierens de Haan (Paleis Het Loo)

Prof. F. Buylaert (Universiteit Gent)

Prof. L. Duerloo (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Prof. J. Duindam (Universiteit Leiden)

Dr. H. Düselder (Museum Lüneburg)

Prof. P. Janssens (Universiteit Gent)

Prof. Y.B. Kuiper (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Prof. R. van der Laarse (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Prof. M. Malatesta (Università di Bologna)

Prof. P. Mandler (University of Cambridge)

Dr. S. Marburg (Technische Universität Dresden)

Prof. J. Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Dr. M. Venborg Pedersen (Nationalmuseet Danmark)

Dr. S.W. Verstegen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Journal History

Virtus was founded by the Stichting Werkgroep Adelsgeschiedenis in 2003.

  • Vols 1-8 (1993-2002) - Virtus. Bulletin van de Werkgroep Adelsgeschiedenis
  • Vols 9-19 (2003-2012) - Virtus. Jaarboek voor adelsgeschiedenis / Yearbook of the History of the Nobility / Jahrbuch für Adelsgeschichte
  • Vols 20-26 (2013-2019) - Virtus. Journal of Nobility Studies / Jaarboek voor adelsgeschiedenis / Jahrbuch für Adelsgeschichte
  • Vols 27 (2020-) - Virtus. Journal of Nobility Studies / Tijdschrift voor adelsgeschiedenis / Jahrbuch für Adelsgeschichte


Virtus is published by Uitgeverij Verloren, Hilversum, the Netherlands