Bibliography

Battle of Courtrai

De Slag der Gulden Sporen. Bijdrage tot de geschiedenis van Vlaanderens vrijheidsoorlog 1297-1305.
Jan Frans Verbruggen
Standaard, Antwerpen
1952
Note: The ultimate work on the Battle of the Golden Spurs. Written from an objective military point of view. Contains a description of the Chest of Courtrai that features sculptures of this battle.

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The Battle of the Golden Spurs
(Courtrai, 11 July 1302) A Contribution to the History of Flanders' War of Liberation,1297-1302

Jan Frans Verbruggen & Kelly DeVries
Translated by David Richard Ferguson
Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge
2002
ISBN: 0-85115-888-9
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1302 Feiten en Mythen van de Guldensporenslag
Raoul van Caenegem
Mercatorfonds, Antwerpen
2002
ISBN 90-6153-516-6
Note: The most prestigious book on the Battle. It is a bundle of seperate contributions and is richly decorated with loads of illustrations and pictures.

1302 Opstand in Vlaanderen
Jan Frans Verbruggen and Rolf Falter
Lannoo, Tielt
2001
ISBN 90-209-4412-6
Note: A nice book covering the entire history of the uprising in Flanders, from the early 13th century up to the early 14th. Of course with extra attention on the Battle of the Gulden Spurs.

De Guldensporenslag Het Verhaal van een Onmogelijke Gebeurtenis
Karim Van Overmeire
Egmont, Brussel
2001
ISBN 90-805616-3-0
Note: A structured study on what happened in Flanders in those days. Nicely illustrated.

Kortrijk Anno 1302
José Vanbossele
Groeninghe, Kortrijk
2002
ISBN 90-71-868-69-9
Note: Background and history of this conflict, coloured with loads of small points of interest.

Omtrent 1302
D. Heirbaut, P. Trio en D. Van den Auweele
Universitaire Pers, Leuven
2002
ISBN 90-5867-208-5
Note: The collected texts of the congres with the same name, held in Kortrijk on 11 May 2002.

Kortrijk 1302 Keerpunt in de Frans-Vlaamse Oorlog 1297-1305
Philippe Despriet
Archeologische Stichting Zuid-West-Vlaanderen, Kortrijk
2002
ISBN 90-806956-1-0
Note: An approach to this history from an archaeological point of view..

The Golden Spurs of Kortrijk
Randall Fegley
McFarland, Jefferson
2002
ISBN 0-7864-1310-7
Note: An American work on the battle. Actually the first seperate study in English.

1302-2002 700 Jaar Guldenporenslag
Roel Jacobs
Artis Historia, Mechelen
2002
ISBN 90-5657-203-2
Note: A small study to how the Battle of the Golden Spurs became the Flemmish National Holliday.

Volc te Voet
Martin de Bruyn and Charlotte Broer
Nederlands Centrum voor Volkscultuur, Utrecht
2002
ISBN 90-71840-53-0
Notitie: A Dutch contribution to the commemoration of the Battle of Courtrai. It studies the effects of the battle on the rise of the commoners in the Northern Low Lands.

Het Avontuur van de Liebaards
Leo Delfos
Lannoo, Tielt
1952
Note: This book tells the political history of Flander's struggle, from 1297 till 1304.

De Guldensporenslag
Arthur De Bruyne
Davidsfonds, Leuven
1952
Note: A small book on the battle that tells the story in a popular way.

1302 in Vlaanderen De Guldensporenslag
Jan Frans Verbruggen
Koninklijk Legermuseum, Brussel
1977
ISSN D/1977/0935/20
Note: Description of the battle with lots of attention for military details.

Het Grafelijk Geslacht Dampierre en zijn Strijd tegen Filips de Schone
Theo Luykx
Davidsfonds, Leuven
1952
Note: Study on causes and consequences of the conflict, from a point of view of the family of the count of Flanders.

1302 door Tijdgenoten Verteld
Leo Delfos
Patria, Antwerpen
1932
Note: The story of the battle as it was told in period sources.

De Kist van Oxford
J.F. Verbruggen, E. Warlop, A. Pauwels and B. Dewilde
De Leiegouw, Kortrijk
1980
ISSN D/1979/1143/1
Note: A study on the famous Chest of Courtrai with evidence of its originality.

Vlaanderen na de Guldensporenslag
Jan Frans Verbruggen
Westvlaamse Gidsenkring, Brugge
ISSN D/1991/2353/1
1991
Note: Description of the events after 1302, till 1305 at the treaty of Athis-sur-Orge.

Ghi Fransoyse Sijt Hier Onteert
L. Jongen and M. Piters
Davidsfonds, Leuven
ISBN 90-5826-176-X
2002
Note: Transcription and translation in modern Dutch of that part of the Voortzetting of the Spiegel Historiael by Lodewijk van Velthem which deals with the Battle of the Golden Spurs.

Annales Gandenses
Hilda Johnstone
Thomas Nelson, London
1951
Notitie: Transcriptie en vertaling in het Engels van deze tekst, geschreven door een anonieme minderbroeder van Gent. Bevat ook een beschrijving van de Guldensporenslag.

Une Page Détachée de l'Histoire de Flandre (1301 à 1328)
J. Perneel
Bogaert, Bruges
1850
Mémoire sur la Bataille de Courtrai (1302, 11 juillet) et les Chroniquers qui en ont traité
F. Funck-Brentano
Imprimerie Nationale, Paris
1893
Philippe le Bel en Flandre
F. Funck-Brentano
Algemeen Rijksarchief, Brussel
1897 - Reprint 2002
La Signification Historique de la Bataille de Courtrai 11 Juillet 1302
G. Des Marez
Weissenbruch, Brussel
1901
Onze Helden van 1302
Ad. Duclos
Jules De Meester, Roeselare
1902
De Vlamingen te Kortrijk in 1302
E. De Gryse
Davidsfonds, Leuven
1902
Ons Roemrijk 1302
E. De Gryse
Davidsfonds, Leuven
1902
De Slag van Kortrijk 1302
T. Sevens
De Nederlandsche Boekhandel, Antwerpen
1902
Vlaanderen in het begin der XIVde eeuw en de strijd tegen Philips den Schoone
J. Laenen
Kath. Vlaamse Hogeschooluitbreiding, Kennes, Antwerpen
1902
Vlaanderens Vrijmaking in 1302
Victor Fris
Vuylsteke, Gent
1902
1302 - Voor en Na
Frans Blockmans
De Nederlandsche Boekhandel, Antwerpen
1941
La Bataille des Eperons d'Or
Henri Nowé
La Renaissance du Livre, Brussel
1945
De Guldensporenslag
Lodewijk van Velthem, reworked by W. Waterschoot
Martinus Nijhoff, Den Haag
1979
Achtergronden van de Guldensporenslag 11 Juli 1302
Marc Haegeman
BRT Schooluitzendingen, Brussel
1987
1302 Een Heel-Nederlandse Geschiedenis
Leo Camerlynck
Vereniging/Stichting Zannekin, Ieper
2002

Statue of de Coninck and Breydel on the grand square of Bruges
Commemorative statue of Flanders on the old battle field in Courtrai

Warfare

De Krijgskunst in West-Europa in de Middeleeuwen
Jan Frans Verbruggen
Koninklijke Academie van België, Brussel
1954
Notitie: This book covers medieval warfare from the 9th till 14th century. Can be considered as the work of reference on the subject. Emphasis lies on the military aspects but the political and social aspects get as much attention.

The Art of Warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages
from the Eighth Century to 1340

Jan Frans Verbruggen
The Boydell Press, Woodbridge
1997
ISBN 0-85115-630-4
Note: English translation of the Dutch work above.
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Het Leger en de Vloot van de Graven van Vlaanderen vanaf het Ontstaan tot in 1305
Jan Frans Verbruggen
Koninklijke Academie van België, Brussel
1960
Notitie: Covers the organisation and armament of the feudal army and the city militias in the county of Flanders.

Over Hellebaarden, Donderbussen en Huurlingen
(Ook verschenen onder de titel : "Middeleeuwen Het Krijgsgebeuren in de Middeleeuwen")
H. W. Koch
Elsevier, Amsterdam
1980
ISBN 90-10-02693-0
Note: Illustrated work focussing on the development of warfare in a chronological way.

Arms and Armour

Arms & Armour of the Crusading Era 1050-1350
David Nicolle
Greenhill Books, London
1988
ISBN 1-85367-347-1
Note: Thoroughly researched descriptions of every possible item of medieval armament. Illustrated with simple but clear drawings of original items, miniatures from manuscripts, sculptures and other sources.

The Armored Gisant Before 1400
Judith Hurtig
Garland Publishing, New York
1979
ISBN 0-8240-3956-4
Note: Study on sculpted tombs of knights. Includes a lot of pictures.

Early Secular Effigies in England The Thirteenth Century
H. Tummers
E. J. Brill, Leiden
1980
ISBN 90-0406-255-6
Note: Study on sculpted tombs of knights in England. Includes a lot of pictures.

Arms and Armour of the Medieval Knight
David Edge
Saturn Books, London
1996
ISBN 1-86222-001-8
Note: Very good descriptive work on arms and armour of the knights. Each chapter deals with another century and gives insight on various aspects of the subject.

Glossarium Armorum Nederlandse Uitgave
Piet De Gryse
Legermuseum, Brussel
1998
ISSN D/1998/0935/8
Note: Published in two parts. The first one shows plates with armour items. The second one gives the exact name in the language you purchased. In this particular case Dutch, but it exists also in English and various other languages. For those who finally want to know the exact name of an armour item.

Of his Array Telle I no lenger Tale
Henrica Zijlstra-Zweens
Rodopi, Amsterdam
1988
Note: Aspects of costume, arms and armour in Western Europe 1200-1400.

Miscelanious

Spiegel Historiael
Jacob van Maerlant
Davidsfonds - Clauwaert, Leuven
1997
ISBN 90-6306-358-X
Note: A facsimile of an original Flemish work from the early 14th century. Many beautifull miniatures.

Old Testament Miniatures A Medieval Picture Book with 283 Paintings
Sydney Cockerell
G. Braziller, New York
1975
Notitie: A facscimile of a picture bible from the second half of the 13th century. Contains a lot of fabulous miniatures.

Dress Accessories, 1150-1450
G. Egan & F. Pritchard
Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge
2002
ISBN 0-85115-839-0
Note: A listing with illustrations and construction details on all sorts of accessories to the medieval garment, based on archaeological excavations in London.

Shoes and Pattens
Francis Grew
The Stationery Office, London
1988
ISBN 0-11-290443-2
Note: If you ever plan on making a set of medieval shoes yourself, this book is the one to read. It shows shoes dating between 1100 and 1500. Shows a great deal of patterns, instructions included.

Knives and Scabbards
J. Cowgill
Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge
2000
ISBN 0-85115-805-6
Note: A listing of knives and scabbards found in archaeological excavations in London, dating between 1100 and 1500.

Osprey Military

The Osprey Military books are a very good and cheap source of information. Every reenactor and history scholar knows these books and can testify on their usefulness.

French Medieval Armies 1000 - 1300
David Nicolle
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1991
ISBN 1-85532-127-0
Note: Number 231 of the Men-at-Arms series.

German Medieval Armies 1000 - 1300
Christopher Gravett
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1997
ISBN 1-85532-657-4
Note: Number 310 of the Men-at-Arms series.

Italian Medieval Armies 1000 - 1300
David Nicolle
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
2002
ISBN 1-84176-322-5
Note: Number 376 of the Men-at-Arms series.

German Medieval Armies 1300 - 1500
Christopher Gravett
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1985
ISBN 0-85045-614-2
Note: Number 166 of the Men-at-Arms series.

The Scottish and Welsh Wars 1250 - 1400
Christopher Rothero
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1989
ISBN 0-85045-542-1
Note: Number 151 of the Men-at-Arms series.

El Cid and the Reconquista 1050 - 1492
David Nicolle
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1988
ISBN 0-85045-840-4
Note: Number 200 of the Men-at-Arms series.

Knight of Outremer 1190 - 1344
David Nicolle
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1996
ISBN 1-85532-555-1
Note: Number 18 of the Warrior series.

Italian Militiaman 1260 - 1392
David Nicolle
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1999
ISBN 1-85532-826-7
Note: Number 25 of the Warrior series.

Knight Hospitaller (1) 1100 - 1306
David Nicolle
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
2001
ISBN 1-84176-214-8
Note: Number 33 of the Warrior series.

English Medieval Knight 1200 - 1300
David Nicolle
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
2002
ISBN 1-84176-144-3
Note: Number 48 of the Warrior series.

Knights at Tournament
Christopher Gravett
Osprey Publishing, Oxford
1988
ISBN 0-85045-836-6
Note: Number 17 of the Elite series.

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