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Philip Van Artevelde
PHILIP VAN ARTEVELDE (c. 1 34 0 - 1383), youngest son of the above, and godson of Queen Philippa of England, who held him in her arms at his baptism, lived in retirement until 1381. The Ghenters had in that year risen in revolt against the oppression of the count of Flanders, and Philip, now forty years of age, and without any military or political experience, was offered the supreme command. His name awakened general enthusiasm. At first his efforts were attended by considerable success. He defeated Louis de Male, count of Flanders, before Bruges, entered that city in triumph, and was soon master of all Flanders.
But France took up the cause of the Flemish count, and a splendid French army was led across the frontier by the young king Charles VI. in person. Artevelde advanced to meet the enemy at the head of a burgher army of some 50,000 Flemings. The armies met at Roosebeke near Courtrai, with the result that the Flemings were routed with terrible loss, Philip himself being among the slain. This happened on the 2 7th of November 1382.
The brief but stirring career of this popular leader is admirably treated in Sir Henry Taylor's drama, Philip van Artevelde.
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