By J.F. Verbruggen

On eleven July 1302, under the city partitions of Courtrai, the main correct military of knights in Christendom, the flower of the French the Aristocracy, used to be totally defeated by way of Flemish rebels, universal employees and peasants. The French knights, items of a lifetime's education, have been ably led; yet so too have been the Courtrai townspeople, as well as being well-armed, and their victory, regardless of their loss of army talents (and golden spurs), placed an finish to the iconic fantasy of the invincibility of the knight. A French clarification of the bad defeat used to be instantly given, meant to avoid wasting the consideration and delight of the French the Aristocracy; in Flanders the victory used to be glorified as a simply gift for the bravery of the townsmen and the competence in their commanders. regrettably there have been no neutral witnesses. Any account of the conflict needs to consequently pay cautious cognizance to the personalities of the chroniclers, their nationality, and their political and social leanings, in addition to their own sympathies. Verbruggen's learn is prefaced via dialogue of the issues of reconstruction and large attention of the assets, displaying the problems confronted through medieval army historians in makes an attempt to interpret them. He then bargains his personal account of the occasions of that dramatic day, a case research within the reconstruction of occasions in a single of the best battles of the center ages.J.F. VERBRUGGEN lectured on the Royal army college in Brussels, after which taught in Africa, retiring as Professor of historical past, college of Congo, and college of Bujumbura (Burundi). he's additionally the writer of The artwork of war in Western Europe. initially released in Dutch in 1954, translated and up-to-date.

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However, in the mean time, Philip the Fair had gained the support of the Pope, who promulgated an interdict on Flanders. Guy appealed to Rome, and the measure was rescinded. In waiting for the King of England, who had not yet arrived with his army, the Count attempted to maintain control of his more important towns: Lille, Douai and Ypres were prepared for defence. The royal army lay siege to Lille, and a division under the command of Robert d’Artois defeated one of the Count’s armies at Furnes.

68 De Limburg-Stirum, I:329, no. 140; and Funck-Brentano, Philippe le Bel, 268–9. 69 Funck-Brentano, Philippe le Bel, 280–304, 327–9; and van Werveke, ‘Avesnes en Dampierre’, 326–7. 70 Niermeyer, 300–2. 72 They were imprisoned in French castles. Philip the Fair: Prince of Flanders The occupation of a substantial part of Flanders in 1297 and the ensuing armistice in 1298 and 1299 had given rise to the most trying circumstances in the county. While Guy de Dampierre paid or compensated those who had remained loyal to him with the scarce resources at hand, Raoul de Nesle, the King’s governor of the occupied parts, seized his supporters’ properties.

Thus, one notes that, at the beginning of the fourteenth century, the Lord of Gruuthuus had an annual income of 1140 Parisian pounds from the fiefs held from the feudal court of Bruges. 12 They were, however, wealthy noblemen. Bailiff Simon Lauwaerd, who was robbed of his possessions by Count Guy de Dampierre, had a fortune estimated at 4149 pounds. This equals that of the richest Brugeois burghers at the same time. One may assume an annual income of two to five hundred pounds for a normal knight although many squires had to survive on a hundred pounds or less.

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