The Chest of Courtrai - Picture 2

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Arrival of Guy of Namur and William of Jülich at Bruges. Both noblemen (Guy was a son of the count of Flanders and William a grandson) don't carry a great helm, as the rest of their train does, but a skullcap with mail coif. Guy is the knight with the lion on his shield and a scaloped bar over it. William wears a lion on his shield with a silver lilly on its shoulder. Both knights wear shouldershields (ailettes) which mostly bear the owner's blason. William of Jülich's ailettes however show five discs. A knight's blason is normally also shown on the horse's trappers, but not on this frame. Do notice the high saddles which almost anchor a knight on his horse. The man at right is a soldier from the Bruges townmilitia, armed with a "goedendag" and protected by a skullcap with mail coif and a hauberk with gloves underneath his jupon.

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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.
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This information is provided by De Liebaart and was last updated on September 30th 2002.