The Chest of Courtrai - Picture 1

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The uprising at Bruges. On the 18th of mai 1302 an uprising breaks out in Bruges. All citizens loyal to the French (the Leliaarts) and the French themselves are being murdered or taken prisoner. By the town gates three men-at-arms are decapitating a man. To the left of the town two aldermen can be seen offering the town keys to the knights arriving on Picture 2. They have the very distinct hairstyle of the period and wear the typical overgarment called surcotte. The soldiers wear mail coifs with skullcaps as helmets and seperate mail protective gloves. The small figure on the right is probably the statue of a saint.

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Chest of Courtrai.
Chest of Courtrai.

Copyright on text, images and photos by Joris de Sutter, unless noted otherwise.
The photo of the chest comes from "De Slag der Gulden Sporen", J.-F. Verbruggen.
Copyright on the photo of the Chest by New College Oxford (??)
This information is provided by De Liebaart and was last updated on September 30th 2002.