Thom Mertens

Thom Mertens


Grote Kauwenberg 34
2000 Antwerpen, BEL

Until Ocotber 2018, Thom Mertens (1953) was full professor at the Ruusbroec Institute of the University of Antwerp. He specializes in late medieval religious literature from the Low Countries. He was the editor of Ons Geestelijk Erf: Journal for the History of Spirituality in the Low Countries. He was head of the Department of Religious Studies (2001-2003), and director of the Ruusbroec Institute (2001-2006, 2012-2015).

Recent publications include

as author

  • Memory and reward : Dutch collections of sermons and their functions in the Memoria Tradition in the female convent of Jericho in Brussels (c. 1450-1650) (2015, together with Patricia Stoop)
  • Het middeleeuwse klooster als literaire instelling (dertiende tot zestiende eeuw) (2015)
  • Praying in the vernacular : Middle Dutch imitative forms of the divine office from the 1370s to 1520s (2013)

as editor:

  • The Complete Ruusbroec (English and Middle Dutch texts, 2014; together with Guido de Baere; 845+765 pp.)
  • Het liederenhandschrift Berlijn 190 : Hs. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz Ms. Germ. Oct 190 (2013, together with Dieuwke van der Poel et al.; 725 pp.)

Research Interests:

  • medieval literature: questions of genre
  • text edition
  • mysticism: vernacular mysticism, mystical anthropology
  • sermons
  • Dutch Bible translation
  • devout song
  • confession formulas
  • textual culture of the Devotio moderna


Statute & functions


  • emeritus occasional assignment